In Daniel 3, the 3 Hebrew boys had been summoned by the king because they wouldn’t bow down in worship to a golden image. When they reached the king he gave them one last chance to bow down. He told them in Daniel 3:15, “I will give you one more chance to bow down and worship the statue I have made when you hear the sound of the musical instruments. But 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?” Now these boys could have been frighten at the sound of the threat. They could have hung their head in defeat and gave in. They could have turned their back on God but instead they replied, in Daniel 3:16-17, “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.” Oh but that’s not the part I need you to get. For the boys said in Daniel 3:18, “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.”
I need you to understand that giving in/up isn’t an option. Stop settling because you’re fearful of what might happen. Stop giving in because you don’t understand. Stop giving up because it looks like it might hurt. Baby, you have to get to a place where you’re willing even when it doesn’t make sense. See, God never places us in a position to hurt or harm us. You don’t have to believe me. Come here Abraham who was told to sacrifice his only son but didn’t have too. Come here Job who lost everything and everybody but got back double. Come here mother who had to bury your only child but you still have your mind. Come here daddy who lost the only means of money in the household yet still maintaining. Chile, God never leaves or forsakes but you have to be willing. What do I mean? Being willing to go into the fire shows your trust in God’s ability to remove the heat. Being willing to go into the darkness, shows your trust in God to be your light. Being willing to go into the battle, shows your trust in God to be your protector. Being willing to fill out the application shows your trust in God to be your provider. You may not understand but trust God enough to say, I’m willing!