Some trials in life are almost unbearable. There are things happening around you that is beyond your understanding. Days when you find it hard to sleep because of the problems and fears that haunt you. Or maybe there are days when waking up is harder because you will face the same reality that life is tough. There are pains and hurts that paralyze you and you cannot seem to find an end to it.
You always have high hopes that God will rescue you. But He is yet to do it until now.
You ask, “God, why are you allowing this to happen?”
The Bible tells similar stories and situations where His people needed a rescue yet He did not… well not immediately. If you love thriller films or novels, the book of Daniel particularly the third chapter has a similar touch. In the plot, Daniel’s friends (Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego), defied the law by not serving the gods and the gold image that King Nebuchadnezzar have set up. Nebuchadnezzar was so furious that he ordered the furnace to be heated seven times hotter than the usual and tied Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.
Now, you would expect that God will soften the heart of Nebuchadnezzar but God did not. Or maybe He will change his mind and pour out heavy rain to put out the fire. He did not.
God did not do anything.
They were thrown successfully in the furnace of blazing fire. Then, something great happened in the eyes of Nebuchadnezzar:
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, Your Majesty.”
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.”
As a spoiler, they came out of the furnace without a scratch. Yes, God allowed it to happen.
God did not rescue them from the fire, He rescued them in the fire.
The ways of the Lord are really different from your ways. Sometimes, you put him in a box thinking that He will answer your prayers in the same way that you expected Him to answer it. Even though, it is almost always that He answers you out of your thinking box.
You tend to only see the trials and ask why He cannot just allow you to escape those trials. Why do you have to go through hardships when He can bless you and take you away from it?
It actually does not mean that He will not and He cannot. It could mean that for His purposes in your life to be fulfilled, you will have to go through those hardships.
Just like in the story, Nebuchadnezzar came into his senses and knew then that the God they are serving is true. Your testimony can be used by God so that other people will know that no other God is powerful than the God you are serving.
They said this:
“King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter.
If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us[c] from Your Majesty’s hand.
They trusted God enough. They know in their hearts that God will deliver them. They stood their ground even if God will allow them to be burned alive. Here is the verse:
But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”
My prayer is that you too will continue to follow and trust Jesus no matter how hard life can be. That you use your time with Him even in the furnace to know who He really is. When He allows you to be in the furnace, without a doubt He will be with you in that furnace and will eventually help you get out of it.
No difficult situation should ever take away your faith.
You will come out from it strong! If you are yet to be rescued, remember this:
No true diamond is formed without it being exposed to fire.
WRITTEN BY: JUNVER ARCAYNA