Devotional

“Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego replied, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God whom we serve is able to save us. He will rescue us from your power, Your Majesty. But even if he doesn’t, we want to make it clear to you, Your Majesty, that we will never serve your gods or worship the gold statue you have set up.” – Daniel 3:16-18.

Who doesn’t like the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego? It is a classic story about bringing Christ into the crisis. King Nebuchadnezzar had summoned every leader from his far-flung empire to honor the gods of the king. Nebuchadnezzar had erected a huge, golden image ninety feet tall that everyone had to bow down and worship or face death. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego refused to bow. When he heard about the three Israelites, Nebuchadnezzar flew into a rage. He thought, “How dare anybody disobey.” They were thrown into an oven, a fiery furnace. You probably know the rest of the story.  

Today, we do not have to worry about being thrown into a fiery furnace, but we face trials and tribulations. Hurricane Michael in 2018 and the coronavirus today are two prime examples. We all know Christians who are facing deep troubles that threaten to overwhelm and ruin them. It could be spiritual, financial, mental, or physical. It could be your marriage, your job, your business. It can get so serious, only a miracle can get you out of what looks like a hopeless situation. When you are in such a crisis, you need Jesus to come into it and walk through it with you. So how do you and I bring Christ into the crises we will face. 

“Nebuchadnezzar said to them,..if you refuse, you will be thrown immediately into the blazing furnace. And then what god will be able to rescue you from my power?” (Daniel 3:14-15). We bring Christ into the crisis when we make the same commitment that Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego made in Daniel 3:16-18. They basically said that it looks hopeless, yet we believe God is able to deliver us from this fiery crisis. But even if He doesn’t, we still will not quit on Him. Live or die, we will trust Him. This is the kind of faith that brings God into a crisis. It is the kind of faith that trusts the Lord no matter what circumstances are swirling around us. It is the type of faith that even if you do not deliver us, we will remain faithful and true.  

This is what brings Christ into our crisis – the full confidence that He is able to rescue and deliver us out of any crisis. It is a confidence that, no matter what comes, we are in His hands. We can hold onto the promise that God will come into your crisis. He will take you by your hand and lead you through the fire.

Discussion Questions:

  1. What does it mean to you to bring God into a crisis?   
  2. What can we do this week to bring God into the coronavirus crisis?