Have you survived something that left you with scars?
How did you survive it?
Are you in the middle of a difficult problem that leaves you feeling like your life is crashing down around you? How do you deal with it?
Are you being accused of something you did not do? What is your response?
Do you run away? Do you yell? Do you hide? Do you defend yourself?
Or do you grab hold of your faith in God and push through the problem, deal with it full of faith that God will get you through this?
If you do this, you will emerge stronger, wiser, and with a deeper faith in God. You will know that God is always with you. You will know that with faith in God you can handle any problem. You will know that you are better prepared for the next problem.
And those scars? The scars remind you that you fought a fierce battle, and with God’s help, you survived it. You can’t live this life on your own. You need God. You need your faith in God.
Here are three examples of people who grabbed hold of their faith in God to deal with a major problem. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego —
Daniel 3:5-6 …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.
Daniel 3:12 …Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego—who pay no attention to you, Your Majesty. They neither serve your gods nor worship the image of gold you have set up.”
Daniel 3:16-18 …Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to him, “King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.
These three men did not change their behavior, but a new law could bring their lives to an end. Yet, they did not defend their behavior, nor run, nor hide, nor yell, nor beg for mercy. These three men grabbed hold of their faith in God, and knew that God would bring them through this, even if it meant they would die and go to God in Heaven.
Miraculously they are thrown into the fiery furnace, and come out with no injuries. God could have left them alive, but scarred. They could have died.
No matter the outcome, they knew that the best way to deal with this problem was to grab hold of their faith in God.
Imagine how strong their faith is after this miracle!
Several times in the Bible Jesus says “Your faith has healed you.”
In Luke 7:50, Jesus also says “Your faith has saved you.”
This is the power of faith!