If this be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of your hand, O king. But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.” [Daniel 3:17-18 ESV]
Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards. – Søren Kierkegaard
About four weeks ago I read the verses and the quote listed above, within a day of each other. Neither has left my thoughts for any substantial time since then…reminders abound, references to the concept, and then just yesterday I heard a song from Mercy Me (Even If) that seems to be written based on the Daniel verses.
It’s easy to sing
When there’s nothing to bring me down
But what will I say
When I’m held to the flame
Like I am right now
I know You’re able and I know You can
Save through the fire with Your mighty hand
But even if You don’t
My hope is You alone
I may not understand all that is happening to me, around me, to others…but that shouldn’t worry me. God’s in charge, it’s not His purpose to make sure I understand. It’s my calling to trust Him in ALL things….even when they may not be easy, even when they may not be what I want. I’m not in a position to stamp “approved” on what God is doing, so why do I get upset when I can’t figure out what’s happening…or what’s going to happen. Why do I expect Him to do my bidding? I doubt I’m the only one that has those types of thoughts from time to time.
He is our Hope – our Foundation – the Author and Finisher of our faith…when it doesn’t make sense, that’s when we should hold on tighter. As Peter answered when Jesus asked if the disciples wanted to leave…”Lord to whom would we go? You have the words that give eternal life.” (John 6:67-68). We have no other place to go. He is the Vine, and we should make sure we’re fully grafted into the Vine, abiding in Him.
When it’s going good, I should give Him thanks for the blessing. I should praise Him and glorify Him.
When it’s falling apart, and I am clueless to what’s going on…I should give Him thanks for the blessing. I should praise Him and glorify Him. He’s still the same God, He’s still in charge, nothing about Him has changed from when things were going well. To do anything else is to put ourselves in the center of our life, not Him…we’re sitting on the throne, not the True King. Because we’re so quick to unseat Him, we need to be examining ourselves…doing a throne-check, make sure we haven’t tried to take over.
Throne-check, daily. Praise Him when life doesn’t make sense. Abide and trust in Him. He’ll see us through the furnaces of life, but even if He doesn’t…I will hope in Him, knowing He is faithful.