12/14/2016 1 Comment
3 Lessons from The Fire
(Sorry for the wait, chil’ it’s been quite a season, let’s get back to business, shall we?) There’s a story told in Daniel (chapter 3) of 3 young men. Their actual names are Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, but I say we call them Shad, Mel, & Buddy for the moment. To make an extended story short, King Nebuchadnezzar (King Neb) promoted Daniel, & Daniel pulled his friends (Shad, Mel, & Buddy) up the ladder with him. Then, King Neb made a pretty impulsive decision, had a gold statue created (100 feet tall) & declared that when the people heard “the song”, everybody was to stop what they were doing, & worship…the gold statue. Don’t want to worship King Neb’s rash decision? Well, we’ll just have to burn you alive (so we now have impulsive decisions & pretty harsh consequences). It worked pretty well, until….
….people started snitching. Some of King Neb’s people went to him & said “pssssssst!! Word on the street is that Shad, Mel, & Buddy aren’t following the rules when “the song” is played.” King Neb calls them in, threatens them a bit, and gives Shad, Mel, & Buddy one more chance to fall in line. They promptly respond with what essentially amounts to “nah…we’re good. God’s got us; but even if we do die, we’ll die without honoring this statue of yours.” King Neb…didn’t take that very well. So, he had Shad, Mel, & Buddy tied up & thrown into the fire (the 7 times hotter than usual fire). It’s in this fire that we learn a few life lessons:
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12/15/2016 04:27:31 pm
V!!! Girl!!! The. Nail. On. The. Head. This though: "You may have to go through the fire, but since you've got God on your side, I can guarantee that you won't get burned." This blessed me. God bless you!
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