daniel fast: stay strong in your faith

There are challenges in life that define the person you are, obstacles that challenge your faith and take every last piece of you to overcome. After crying out to God and surrendering every last thing you have, all you have left is your faith.

In the book of Daniel, we are introduced to three men who are faced with an obstacle that challenges every fiber of their faith. After refusing to worship King Nebuchadnezzar’s gods, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego are told they will be thrown into a furnace if they don’t obey the king and submit to his gods. We don’t know much about how these men were feeling or what they prayed to God for, but we do have their response.

“If the God we serve exists, then he can rescue us from the furnace of blazing fire, and he can rescue us from the power of you the king. But even if he does not rescue us we want you as king to know that we will not serve your gods or worship the gold statue you set up.”
Daniel 3:17-18

Even though these men were facing painful and excruciating deaths, they turned their faith to the saving grace of God. They did not abandon their belief or submit to the king, but they stood strong in faith. These men knew that God absolutely has the power to save but sometimes it’s not in his will to do so.

When I am faced with challenges in life, I have to constantly remind myself that even though God has the power to change my circumstances, doesn’t mean He will.
Like the three Israelites, when I stand before the obstacle that is placed before me, I try to pray for God’s will and God’s will alone, even if the outcome isn’t what I had hoped. I remind myself no matter what the outcome God has planned for me, He is always good and knows what is best for me. And even in the blazing flames of an obstacle, I know my God will be right there with me in the fire.

As you go through some of your toughest obstacles, I challenge you to remember to except God’s will no matter what the outcome may be, to stand strong in your faith, and remember that the Lord Almighty is always walking beside you.

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28

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