Trials are sometimes a tricky thing. We go through them and we sometimes question God…are You there? Do You care? If I am faithful and serve You and trust in You daily, why do You let me go through these trials? Why is it I pray for You to take these problems of mine away and yet You don’t?
But I am reminded of some people who went through some serious trials. And they are an example to us of how God can be WITH us in a trial without removing us from it.If I am faithful and serve You and trust in You daily, why do You let me go through these trials? Click To Tweet
Let’s look at Daniel. He was tossed into the lion’s den because the Governors and Satraps of King Darius were basically jealous. He was one of the Governors of the King and the Bible tells us in Daniel, Chapter 6, that he “distinguished himself” over the others. He had some favor with the King. So these men had a plot formed against Daniel. They wanted to get rid of him. So what they did was they made a law that prevented anyone from petitioning any man or god, other than the King, for thirty days, knowing full well that Daniel would not stop praying to his God. They knew Daniel would not obey this law. So, they kind of push this law in front of the King and get him to sign it, not understanding what they wanted it for.
So the men wait and they catch Daniel praying that evening at his window and he’s praying to God. So, these men go and make a petition to the King to throw Daniel into the lion’s den for going against the law. And you can see that the King wanted to let Daniel off the hook here but the men reminded the King that once he signs a law he cannot revoke it. So, the King’s hands were tied and he had no choice but to honor the law he signed and punish Daniel.
So, Darius is upset about all this but as King he has to go by the law he signed and he even tells Daniel, “Your God will deliver you.” And Daniel knew this to be true. And then he is tossed into this den of lions. And the next morning Daniel was found to be alive and you just know King Darius is thrilled…the Governors and Satraps not so much…and Daniel says in Daniel 6:22:
“My God sent His angel and shut the lions’ mouths so that they have not hurt me, because I was found innocent before Him….” (NKJV)
You see Daniel may have broken the law of King Darius but he was obedient to God. And God provided him protection.You see Daniel may have broken the law of King Darius but he was obedient to God. And God provided… Click To Tweet
The next example is also in the Book of Daniel and it is the story of three men, three friends of Daniel in fact, named Shedrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego. What happened here was they were to be punished for refusing to bow down to a golden image of King Nebuchadnezzar as was ordered. They were not going to go against their God by bowing down to an image so they refused and therefore were to be punished. And their punishment was that they were to be thrown into this fiery furnace. And the men said to the King,
“Our God will be able to deliver us from the burning, fiery furnace” (NKJV)
Now, the King was SO angry with them that not only were they to be tossed into this furnace but the King ordered that the furnace be heated SEVEN times hotter than usual! The King was not playing around! He didn’t want to just punish them…he now wanted to annihilate them!“Our God will be able to deliver us from the burning, fiery furnace” (NKJV) Click To Tweet
So, they turn this thing up seven times hotter and this thing was so hot that the men who threw the three into the furnace were killed by the flames! And so, later, the King and his men go and check to see that these three have been burned up and the King looks and says,
“Did we not cast three men bound into the midst of the fire?” (NKJV)
Now keep in mind, these men were not just thrown into the furnace, they were bound and had all their clothing on. And the men with him, the Governors and Administrators, tell him he’s correct. Then the King, probably quite shocked, says,
“Look! I see four men LOOSE, walking in the midst of the fire and they are not hurt, and the form of the fourth is like the SON OF GOD.” (NKJV- Emphasis mine)
The King sees FOUR men and not only are they all IN the furnace..a furnace so hot that it killed the men who put them in it, but there are four men walking around in this thing! So, the King calls for them to be brought out and he is looking at these men and his Governors and Administrators are looking at these men and saw that not only were their clothes not burned, not only were the hairs on their head not singed, but the Bible says they didn’t even smell like smoke. Wow! It was as though they had never even gone through the fire.
And our trials are a lot like that in the sense that while God did not remove Shedrach, Meshach and Abed-Nego from the furnace, while God did not remove Daniel from the lion’s den, He got them through it. And it says He was right there with them! Daniel said an “angel of the Lord” was there with him and shut the mouths of the lions. King Nebuchadnezzar saw one like the “Son of God” in the midst of the furnace.
You see our trials are like this…God may not remove us from the trial…he may not remove us from the situation..he may not remove us from the problem…but He will be there with us in the midst of it. And He WILL get us through it if we place our faith in Him. The one thing these people all had in common was a FAITH that God would deliver them.
God may not remove us from the trial but He will be there with us in the midst of it Click To Tweet
I am reminded of another person who had that kind of faith. It was a man named Noah. You see Noah was not taken out of tribulation but he was kept by God through it. God told Noah He wanted him to build an ark…He told him He was going to cause a flood to come across the entire planet and destroy every living thing except for Noah and his family and the creatures of the earth Noah brought into the ark. And I can just see Noah out there without a sign of rain, not a cloud in the sky building this huge ark! And I can just imagine all the people…all these people around him laughing and mocking him. I am sure they all thought he was crazy!! I am sure Noah had a time or two he wondered that himself! But he kept on building it. And he built it to the exact specifications God give him and…the rain comes.
Now, God did not take Noah OUT of the flood. Noah and his family still had to go through the flood. They still had to leave their homes. They still had to leave the people around them. They still had to live around these animals who I am sure stunk! Imagine having to live on a boat with all these stinky animals!! And it probably wasn’t a pleasant situation!!
And a lot of times our problems and our situations stink too!!
And a lot of times we have to leave our comfort zone, we have to lose people we love, we have to get in situations that make us wish we could go back (like the Hebrews wanting to return to their bondage in Egypt at times)…and we have to get around a bunch of stinky, smelly stuff…God took Noah THROUGH the flood, not out of it. He got him through it…he didn’t remove him from it.God took Noah THROUGH the flood, not out of it Click To Tweet
These people all had a faith in God and an obedience to God’s Word. They did what they knew God wanted them to do. They didn’t question…they just DID. They didn’t bow down to idols to get out of a bad situation…they dug in their heels and obeyed even when they didn’t yet see the outcome.
So while God may not always remove us from the trials…while He may not remove the problem from us…if we have faith and stand fast in His Word..He WILL get us through it. You see God will do no less for you than He did for them. We need to stop always looking for God to take our problems away…Oh He will at times.. but at times He needs us to go through stuff…and we need to pray for the faith, the grace and the mercy and the strength to get through them. And if you do…not only will He get you through any problem..you will come out not even smelling like smoke!Not only will He get you through any problem..you will come out not even smelling like smoke! Click To Tweet
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