Unlike most natural disasters, hurricanes you can see coming long in advance. Days before a hurricane hits land, coastal residents still begin to talk about precautions, just in case it hit’s their community. “Should we get some extra jugs of water and some extra batteries?” As the weather forecasters narrow the prediction to a smaller area, there’s more talk. “Should we board up the windows or move things inside the house?” Finally the discussion turns to evacuation. “Maybe we should go to your mom’s for a few days.” But hurricanes are unpredictable. The hurricane might land somewhere unexpected or it could putters out in the cold waters of the Atlantic. So here you are at your mother-in-laws, after spending hundreds of dollars on supplies to board up your house and the hurricane didn’t show up. Are you beginning to think “Maybe that hurricane wasn’t such a big deal after all?” How do you know if you didn’t see it?
The Bible tells us of three young men that were waiting for a powerful force to come into their lives. Three young Jewish men were ordered to die by the Babylonian King because they would not bow down and pray to his gods. Daniel 3:15 tells us the King ordered the men to be thrown into a fiery furnace saying “What God will be able to rescue you from my hands?” These were good Jewish boys that knew God rescued the Israelites from Egypt and David from Goliath. But if it’d been me, I might begin to wonder if God was really able to rescue me. It’s like wondering if a hurricane that didn’t show up was really that powerful all along.
But these three young men had deep and profound faiths. In verse 17 the young men say “If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it… but even if He does not… we will not serve your gods.” Their faith in the Lord did not rely on Him rescuing them, even if rescue was the desire of their hearts. Does your faith depend on God’s rescue?
At times it feels that things like grief, cancer, barrenness, addiction, or past traumas are taunting us like the king taunted the young men “What God will be able to rescue you from my hands?” I will tell you what God- the Lord God Almighty who is a mighty rescuer. He sent His Son to rescue you by dying on the cross conquering not only sin but death. Think of that. There is nothing, not even death that will keep you from the loving arms of Jesus.
If you are living today in a fiery furnace remember this: God is more than able to rescue you from your suffering but even if He does not, you are still victorious in Jesus. All believers are victorious through the cross. Victory is already won! Halleluiah, Halleluiah AMEN.