Read Daniel 3:26-30
“Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the mouth of the burning fiery furnace, and spake, and said, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, ye servants of the most high God, come forth, and come hither. Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, came forth of the midst of the fire” (v. 26).
What a wonderful testimony of the power of God! The deliverance of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego must have greatly encouraged the faithful Jews and brought conviction to those who were compromising their faith.
Life may be fairly safe and comfortable where you and I are living today, but in many parts of the world God’s people are paying a high price to maintain their testimony and their separation from the world. As we move toward the end of the age, the furnace of opposition will be heated hotter and hotter, and the pressure to conform will become stronger and stronger. It will take a great deal of grace, prayer, courage, and faith for the holy people of God to stand tall for holiness, while others are bowing the knee to the gods of this world.
Revelation 13 and 14 tell of a day when those who refuse to obey the godless leader will not even be allowed to buy and sell the basic necessities of life. May God help us to be faithful to the end and keep our trust in the God of deliverance. (Marshall Mosley)
Trust in God’s power to deliver you!
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