Today’s Reading – Daniel 3:13-25, Written by Xochitl Dixon / Our Daily Bread
Originally published Dec, Jan, Feb. 2017-2018

It’s not always easy to trust or praise the Lord, but when the situation feels unbearable, God’s constant presence comforts us. He strengthens and reassures us of His unchanging goodness, limitless power, and sustaining grace. And when we are tempted to doubt our Lord, we are encouraged but the determined faith of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. They worshipped God and trusted he was with them, even when their situation seemed hopeless.

When Kind Nebuchadnezzar threatened to throw them into a blazing furnace if they didn’t turn away from the true God to worship his golden statue (DAN 3:13-15), these three men displayed courageous and confident faith. They never doubted the Lord was worthy of their worship, (DAN 3:17) “even if” He didn’t rescue them from their current predicament (DAN 3:18). And God didn’t leave them alone in their time of need. HE joined and protected them in the furnace. (DAN 3:24-25)

God doesn’t leave us alone either. He remains with us through trials that can feel so destructive as Kind Nebuchadnezzar’s furnace. Even if our suffering doesn’t end on this side of eternity, God is and always will be mighty, trustworthy, and good. We can rely on his constant and loving presence.

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