Saturday, May 14, 2011

Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-we-go.

The ebb and flow of this week as been full of tidal waves of emotion, as life happens all around us. The unexpected death of a friend's father, praying for the Lord to spare a newborn's life, to complete a family. Even personal stress this week has done much to weaken my resolve. Deep grief, hoping against all hope and the uncertainties and unanswered questions...make me wonder...."Really God....what's going on here?"
 And so tonight I was drawn to Daniel....I just needed a little reminder, and I found it.
In chapter 3, we meet Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego (or Abed-we-go...as I always thought he was called...of course, I thought Jesus died in Calgary, so hey, what do I know...anyway, back to the topic at hand...) We meet these three men...standing up for their faith, for their God......we meet these three men, being thrown into a fiery furnace.
 Before their 'hot date' they are clear about their belief....about their God.

If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God whom we serve is able to save us. He will rescue us from your power, Your Majesty. But even if He doesn't, we want to make it clear to you, Your Majesty, that we will never serve your gods or worship the gold statue you have set up.          Daniel 3:17-18.

They knew, in that moment, that God could save them. They knew in that moment, that God was able to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.

There are several unanswered questions tonight, maybe you have one or two. I just received a text of a friend, who is wondering what God is up to. I am wondering the same thing....but these words keep coming back to me........."the God whom we serve is able to save us."   I know my God is able.
Dear friends, God has a plan for your life, for our lives.  It may not be what we expected....and even if the outcome, (I'm scared to say) is not what we imagined.........

I know my God is able.

4 comments:

  1. And just like they did, we need to climb on that altar - it's our true worship to be living sacrifices. All the rest is just 'nice' stuff.

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  2. the most difficult part, Toni.....

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  3. I know - the top seems very rounded and slippery, and somehow I keep finding myself back on the floor again.

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  4. There's a little part of me that lives in Bridget Jones land - I want to call those guys Shardach, Mesach and Tobedwego.

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