Living for God’s glory was more important than their own lives. He has been here, as my center, all along this journey of grief – through the loss, the anger, the brokenness, the confusion, the guilt, the blaming, the doubt, the unbelief, the questioning – all of it. (Daniel 3:17-18, NIV) "Look! Do you know God well enough that even when you doubt Him your first move is towards and not away from God? I’ve never actually lost my center, because I can’t. A Fiery Furnace and a Fiery Faith. Let not the mighty man glory in his might. None of us got to say goodbye. They loved and feared God more than they feared Nebuchadnezzar or his furnace. I wonder if many earth dwellers (if any earth dwellers) know the answer. 3. Guy Saffold “Furious with rage, Nebuchadnzzar said, ‘If you do not worship the image I have made, you will be thrown immediately into a blazing furnace. We need to have faith in Christ Himself and in His atoning sacrifice. But this treacherous road of grieving the loss of a child has caused me more pit-falls, stumbling blocks, deep valleys and times of doubt than I have ever experienced, or thought possible. “Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom. ( Log Out /  They still thrill our hearts as when we first heard them. This Bible story is a frightening story in which believers are confronted with the idolatry of the world, and told if you don’t join the world, then you will risk the fiery furnace! Thus, they would worship God and no one else, even if doing so cost them their lives. The kind of faith I thought I had before my son was killed in a car accident. But during this most awful broken time in my life, Jesus was never shattered, never broken, never lost. They knew that God lived and that He could save them from the fiery furnace that laid before them but had He chosen to let them die, they would have easily accepted that outcome as well. Faith – this faith I have had my whole life – seems all well and good until it is put into the fire. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Jesus is my center. They knew that the alternatives bring empty defilement. Prior to the Super Bowl football game, I read a rather interesting story about Ronald Reagan in the L.A. Times. When it is put into the fire, then we see what it is truly made of. It is a good question, one for which I do not know the answer. A Furnace of Faith TEXT: Corinthians 16:13 (Daniel 3) Introduction: The great stories of the Bible never grow old. The full power of faith does not always manifest itself until the time of need comes, but, when once the emergency arises, faith springs to the fore and asserts itself. Recently, though, I have begun to remember again……….the Lord. Required fields are marked *. For those of us who aren’t there, what are you going to do about it? For those who are there, prayerfully make sure God agrees with you. That's because compromise is seen so often in our world. The Fiery Furnace contains a variety of plant species, including one of the largest known concentrations of Canyonlands biscuitroot. We’re also dealing with the emotional and spiritual heat being generated by the fiery … The Fiery Furnace. Did God mean to send Jesus, His only begotten Son, to the earth with the specific purpose of dying for the sins of all mankind? 10 You, O king, () have made a decree, that every man who () hears the sound of the horn, pipe, lyre, trigon, harp, bagpipe, and every kind of music, () shall fall down and worship the golden image. Good moring my friends, it nice and warm outside today, amazing after such a cold snap, but it's like a summer's morning. I thought I had that kind of faith. remember one very important fact: God is not fake just because “I” can’t tell Him what to do. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Nebuchadnezzar wanted to be the focus of everyone’s love and devotion. ( Log Out /  But even if he does not, we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up." The heat around us these days goes far beyond the physical temperature. No one knows what fiery furnace they will face in life until they are thrown into it. The Fiery Furnace is a collection of narrow sandstone canyons, fins and natural arches located near the center of Arches National Park in Utah, United States.The area is a popular hiking destination that was named for the reddish hue it exhibits in sunset light. Theirs was a settled faith. Then, there’s the fiery furnace faith that says I believe God can, but if He doesn’t I’m still submitted. He then went on to encourage me to continue to help her turn back to the way she was raised and “find her center” again. They don’t tell us why they refused to leave their faith, even in the face of the flames—but based on what we know, I think we can come to at least three conclusions. THE PERSONS BENEFITED BY THE FIERY FURNACE, AND WHY. His name is Jesus. What drove this devotion? I’ve pretty much only left my property to buy groceries, wearing my bandana mask as I go. A few days ago my dad sent a message saying the nursing home was sending grandma to the hospital with symptoms of COVID-19. And, what a fiery furnace losing a child is.