Last week I talked about how we can feel like we are under fire from lots of different areas in our life. It could be health related, work related, financially related, or lots of different things. But, what if you are supposed to go through the fire? What if instead of always trying to put out the fire, you are supposed to walk into the fire and make it out on the other side? I have heard Luke 17:6 quote many times, over and over again. And, I have taken comfort in the fact that if my faith was just as big as a mustard seed then I could do all things. I could move mountains!

He replied, “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you.

But, this week, I have been reading in the book of Daniel and it makes me realize that my faith might not be big enough. I can’t help but wonder how I would react to the situation that Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego found themselves in. First off, I am a rule follower. I try my best to obey the laws, and I do what I am told when I am given a task. In Daniel 3: 4-6, you find that King Nebuchadnezzar had built an image of gold and he issued a decree.

Then the herald loudly proclaimed, “Nations and peoples of every language, this is what you are commanded to do: As soon as you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipe and all kinds of music, you must fall down and worship the image of gold that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up. Whoever does not fall down and worship will immediately be thrown into a blazing furnace.”

But, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego refused to worship anything other God. This was immediately brought to King Nebuchadnezzar’s attention. The King tried to give the men another opportunity but they basically told him a big fat NO! The King was furious and ordered the men to be thrown into a furnace. But, first, he fired the furnace up 7 times hotter than normal. Let’s just stop for a minute here. I can’t imagine the horror I would feel at the idea of being burned alive. Would I have caved? Would I have had the faith needed to see me through this? I honestly don’t know. We know the outcome but they were facing death square in the face.

Daniel 3:24-27

24 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.” 25 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.” 26 Nebuchadnezzar then approached the opening of the blazing furnace and shouted, “Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, servants of the Most High God, come out! Come here!” So Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego came out of the fire, 27 and the satraps, prefects, governors and royal advisers crowded around them. They saw that the fire had not harmed their bodies, nor was a hair of their heads singed; their robes were not scorched, and there was no smell of fire on them.

Don’t you love the first verse? “Weren’t there three men that we tied up and threw into the fire?” The Lord was with them. He shielded them from the flames and not a hair on their heads was singed. They had faith and it was waaaaaay more than a mustard seed. The went into the fire and made it out on the other side.

I don’t know the fire that you are in or the one that might be coming your way. But, never forget, the Lord is with you, even when the flames are all around. Have faith, maybe you are supposed to go “through” the fire.

Have a Blessed Day!

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15 Comments

  1. Marilyn Soto Reply

    Just read a good explanation about faith and belief . As Christians we have faith -actually all the faith that the Christians in the Bible like Peter and Paul and Abraham etc. had we are given -the difference is DO WE BELIEVE what God’s word says about EVERYTHING ? Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word. These men believed what God said and did not waver -the bible says Lord I believe but help my unbelief. You have to really know God and his character ,that builds your faith resulting in increasing your belief and decreasing fear and unbelief Daniel 11:32b “… but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.” (KJV).

    The Bible declares, “The people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.” That is a great promise and this is one of the most courageous verses in the Bible.

    We can also be Daniels, Abrahams and Pauls.

    • Tania Reply

      I love this, Marilyn. I believe the faith and belief go hand in hand. You can’t have one without the other.

  2. Cheryl peffer Reply

    We should all strive to have such faith as those men. At times it seems there are no mustard seeds left in the whole world.

    • Tania Reply

      Strive is the keyword, Cheryl. We will never be perfect but we can keep striving to be.

  3. Good morning! I ❤️You! Thank you for this beautiful and inspiring message. We have been going through a rough patch and it looks to be a while longer for us. This message is so inspiring! Hope you have a beautiful and blessed day! 🙏🏻👼🏻

    • Tania Reply

      We all go through rough patches in our lives. I “try” to ask myself what is the lesson that I should be learning in this phase. Is it patience, faith, trust, forgiveness, etc. when things are going on around and to me.

  4. ….Have faith, maybe you are supposed to go “through” the fire….Your last sentence of your Sunday messages always leaves me thinking. This devotional went perfect with the “FAITH” t-Shirt you posted on Thursday.

    • Tania Reply

      I don’t think anyone likes walking through the fire but it feels so good once you know that you survived and that the Lord provided.

  5. Thank you Tania for such an encouraging post. Very much needed today. 😊

  6. Thank you for your Sunday posts, they are so meaningful to me. Especially since I am newly back to church after 30 years.

    • Tania Reply

      Arlene, I am thrilled to hear that you are back in the church after so many years passing. I am humbled that the Lord has used me to help you on your faith journey. I am a struggling Christian and all of you help me in my journey also.

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