What? Me Scared. No Way.

In chapter three of the Book of Daniel in the Old Testament there is a story of three Hebrew children, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, who dared to defy the commandment of Nebuchadnezzar and refused to bow down before a golden statue he had made god. Nebuchadnezzar was for all intents and purposes, ‘king of the earth.’ He was ruthless, a killer, and the ruler of the largest empire on earth, and because of the rebellion of the three Hebrew children, Nebuchadnezzar became so angry he turned red in the face and commanded his troops to heat up a furnace seven times hotter than it had ever been, bind up the three, and throw them into the fire. He would show those Hebrews he wasn’t anybody to mess with. Their life was in his hand, and as far as he was concerned; their life didn’t amount to much. In fact, he had the furnace heated to such a high temperature it killed the men who had been ordered to throw the three Hebrew children into the fire.  A short time later, he went to look into the furnace expecting to see the charred remains of three dead Hebrews, but he couldn’t believe what he was seeing. Verse 25, “Look! he said, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire; and they are unhurt, and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.” How did Nebuchadnezzer know the fourth person in the furnace looked like the Son of God? Had he ever seen the Son of God? I doubt it. But he knew the fourth person in the furnace wasn’t one of his men. He also knew this person was greater in power than the golden image he worshipped. Do you think the sight he was seeing affected his thinking concerning the greatness of the God of the Hebrews and the weakness of his? What would your thoughts be? Do you think the three Hebrew children were fearful of Nebuchadezzer threats to throw them into the fiery furnace? I don’t. I believe they were ready to die for the God they served. Are we? And because they weren’t afraid of the anger of Nebuchadnezzer or the fiery furnace; the angel of God was inside the furnace waiting for them when they were thrown in. The Hebrew children had been taught by their parents to believe the God they served was great. Greater than the gold idol, greater than Nebuchadnezzer and his commanders, and greater than the fire. Because their faith in God was greater than the fire in the furnace, they not only walked in the fire, they came out of Nebuchadnezzer’s furnace without a trace of smoke on their clothes. What a great God we serve! Do you think He loved those Hebrew children more than He loves us? I don’t. And I think what He did for them, He will do for us should the occassion arise.

There is another story in 2 Kings chapter six verses 8-16 in which Elisha, the prophet of God is telling the king of Israel what the king of Syria is planning, thus the soldiers of the king of Israel avoided a bloody defeat. The king of Syria was extremely upset when he learned that Elisha has been spiritually eavesdropping on his meetings with his military commanders and promptly sent out a very large army to capture Elisha. To make a long story short; Gehazi, the servant of Elisha went outside one morning and saw they were completely surrounded by the Syrian army. He ran back inside the house to tell Elisha the bad news. But to his surprise; Elisha said in verse 16, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those with them.” He then prayed that God would open his servants eyes, and when Gehazi’s eyes were opened. What he saw amazed him. The mountains surrounding them was full of horses and chariots of fire. Why do you think Elisha wasn’t afraid when he heard the news Gehazi brought him? He knew the God he served was with him, and if God was with him, he didn’t have to go outside to see if God’s angels were there protecting him. Do we?

God has told us many times in His Word, “Do not fear! I am with you.” We don’t have to be afraid because He is our protector and He is with us every minute of every day through every situation that may exalt itself against us. If we are born again, we belong to God, He is our Father, and like any Father, He will do whatever is necessary to keep us safe. Just like He did for the Israelites when they crossed the Red Sea. The Lord God was with them holding back the waters. When they wondered in the wilderness for forty years; He was present with them supplying food and drink. When they crossed the Jordan River to enter their promised land; He held back the flood waters so they could cross on dry ground. And in Isaiah 43:1-4, Isaiah tells us, “But now, thus says the Lord, who created you, O Jacob, and He who formed you, O Israel: Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by my name; You are mine! When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you pass through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior; I gave Egypt for your ransom, Ethiopia and Seba in your place. Since you are precious in my sight. You have been honored, and I have loved you.” Dear friends, have you been redeemed? If so, we are the beneficiary of the promises God made to the Israelites through father Abraham those many years ago. The Lord God told Abraham, “I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse those who curse you.” That promise my friends is worth its weight in gold. And with that promise; We have absolutely nothing to be afraid of in this life? Why Not? Because God has redeemed us; and has told us in Romans 8:31 “…If I (God) be for you, who can be against us?” The answer is, “It doesn’t matter what raises it ugly head and threatens us.” God will deal with it. Paul said later in that same chapter of Romans, “For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Notice the words “nor any other created thing” shall be able to separate us from the love of God. God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, are the only things in all of creation that are not a created thing or being. So what Paul is saying to us is, “We have nothing to fear in this life, but one thing. And that is getting crosswise of God because He has the power to cast our soul into hell.” Other than Him, we have absolutely nothing to fear from anything or anyone, because the “One in us, is greater than anything else in creation.” That means; no one can beat us, nothing can defeat us, and God is for us. So, go ahead, and give God a big ole hallelujah! He’s worth it. Amen. DThrash

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