As I was driving the other day a song came on SOS radio. It was a song that I know and one that I think is good but this particular time as I was singing the song the words became very real to me.
The chorus goes like this...
I know You’re able and I know You can
Save through the fire with You’re mighty hand
But even if you don’t
My hope is you alone
It really got me thinking about my life and what my family is going through right now. I thought... wow! Is this my perspective? Am I trusting the Lord even if He decides not to save me from the fire that I am walking through right now? Then I remembered the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. A story that I would say most Christians are familiar with. These three young men loved the Lord and trusted Him with everything. They refused to worship any other god and they were prepared to stand up for the One True God no matter what! They had no fear. Even when the King told them they would be thrown into the fiery furnace! Why? Why were they not afraid? Well, for one fear is not something that comes from the Lord. The Bible tells us in 2 Timothy 1:7 ‘For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.’ They were also not afraid because their hope was in God and God alone. They trusted that no matter what, God almighty would deliver them from the fire. But here is the kicker, they trusted God even if He chose not to deliver them. Listen to this...
If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king. But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up.
Do you see that? They said: but if not.
My family has been going through what I feel like can be considered our own personal hell. I’m sure everyone has felt this way at some point in their lives. We are in the fiery furnace and I feel like the furnace is heated seven times hotter than normal. I am struggling. We are struggling. But this song, these scriptures, these young men remind me that my hope is in God. He is in control. He is right beside me walking through the fire with me. In all my experiences in life, God has always delivered me. My family and I, we are blessed. I know my God is able and I know that He can deliver me this time as well, but even if He doesn’t, my hope is in Him alone!