Take Your Stand for the Lord
The path of God can be difficult at times. It can be full of trials and tribulation. "Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds" - James 1:2 NIV. James teaches us to be happy for our many trials because the testing of our faith produces endurance, perseverance, and even patience in some translations. The Father continues to shape us to be the complete representation of His love for us. That is bottom line. God loved, loves, and will love us. "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose." - Romans 8:28 KJV. Loving God is many things: obeying His commandments, reading His word to know Him, or even the faith required to trust Him with all things including your very life.
We read in Daniel about what trusting in the Lord really looks like. To set the stage, Daniel, Hananiah, and Mishael were held captive in a foreign country, and yet the God of Jacob was still in control of all the nations. They continued to have faith and stand for their God, the God of Israel. They lost their home and their names. However, this new land wanted to replace God with an idol! In chapter 3, the King Nebuchadnezzar made an image of gold and decreed all should bow and worship. All who refused would be thrown into a furnace. When the time came for all to bow and worship, Daniel stood tall and would not worship a false god. This angered the king and he ordered the furnace to burn SEVEN times hotter. The fire was so hot that the men that opened the door to throw them in were slain! Circumstances can easily seem unsurmountable. As we walk through our own lives, our circumstances can easily be at the forefront of our minds.
Daniel, Hananiah, and Mishael were thrown in the fire. They were not alone. God never left or forsook them. When the king looked upon the furnace, the men were not burned - all four of them. What an amazing sight to have witnessed! The awesome power of God's love for His loyal children. We are the children of God! Be strong and have courage because the day will come that all of us will be refined by fire. God is an amazing Father! Trust in the Lord first, and allow the master potter to mold you.
I pray, right now, in the mighty name of Jesus, that we may all draw closer to our Holy Father who art in heaven. I pray that He reveals His love to us, because there is none like it on this entire earth. Lord, continue to pull the strings on people's hearts. You said that You wish no man to perish. I know that it is in Your will to love all your children! Lord, increase our faith to be like Daniel, so that when our trials come, we will not be destroyed; that we can stand for the omnipotent .El Shaddai! Teach us how to love You, Father, I pray that every increase in faith from every brother and sister shines deep into the hearts of every witness so more may come to know our Father. In Jesus name, Amen!
"Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that set before Him
endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God"
Hebrews 11:2 KJV