May 8, 2020: Reason to rejoice-We are More than Overcomers

Daniel 3:21-25 (NIV) 

 21 So these men, wearing their robes, trousers, turbans, and other clothes, were bound and thrown into the blazing furnace. 

 22 The King’s command was so urgent and the furnace so hot that the flames of the fire killed the soldiers who took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, 

 23 and these three men, firmly tied, fell into the blazing furnace. 

 24 Then King Nebuchadnezzar leaped to his feet in amazement and asked his advisers, “Weren’t there three men that we tied up and threw into the fire?” They replied, “Certainly, O king.” 

 25 He said, “Look! I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed, and the fourth looks like a son of the gods.” 

It was only three young men who opposed the edict of the King of Babylon. Just three men who knew their God and were not going to compromise their walk with him. 

They stood their ground and were courageous when everyone else in the world went on passively accepting the rule of the King. 

Yet three Hebrew men made the decision to not violate their faith and stood their ground in the contest of great suffering.

The edict required that they were tossed into the fire if they would not obey. The sentence was handed down, and several powerful soldiers, much stronger than these three young Hebrew men, arrested them and carried them toward the flaming inferno.

Something exciting happened on the way towards the fire. The soldiers cast these three men into the furnace, the heat of the furnace consumed them as they drew near to the flames. Still, the three Hebrew men thrived as they were tossed into the flames.

The only thing that happened to them was that their bonds that held their hands and feet were burned up.

The King, expecting instant incineration, jumped to his feet. He exclaimed, “Wait a minute, were there not three men we tossed into the fire?”

Those standing by affirmed that there were only three. “Why, then do I see four men. One of them looks like the son of the gods.”

As a result of the courage of the three Hebrew men, the King of Babylon rescinded his law and made another one that gave glory to the God of Israel.

You see, Dear Saint of God, there is no suffering we go through in this life that will not be used by our great God to bring Himself greater glory and our greater good. God will not waste any affliction of trial we go through.

This is why we can say with great assurance, “We are more than overcomers no matter what comes our way.”

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