The Presence of God Creates an Atmosphere of Grace

Song Of The Week

Obstacles by Syd Matters

Mood: Heartbroken

Tastes: Bitter

In my previous post, I ended it with the phrase the presence of God creates an atmosphere of grace.

It’s a saying that I’m trying to live by right now. It’s what I’m depending on to get me through this season I’m in.

In Daniel 3, three men (Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego) were thrown into the furnace by King Nebuchadnezzar for not worshiping the king’s golden statue. But by the grace of God, they came out unscathed.

Imagine you were in their shoes. You stand before the throne of the formidable King Nebuchadnezzar whilst he punishes you and your friends into the furnace for standing up for your own beliefs.

They must have been terrified. I mean, if it were me, I’d wet my pants both front and back.

They could have walked past the furnace a few times during their residence in the palace (as students) and possibly heard the screams of pain from those who disobeyed the king. Maybe even feeling the heat coming from nostrils of the giant metal monster, watching them with its fiery-red glowing eyes.

Surely, they were thinking to themselves: “how will we get out of this one?“.

Imagine walking to the gates of the furnace, already feeling the heat beating against your face. How crippling would it have been to hear the king say “turn up the heat” and watch the guards who were escorting you to the furnace be burnt to death instantly.

But somewhere in the madness, the three faithful men thought to themselves, “If anyone was going to kill me, they’d have to go through God. If I was going to die, then God was going to let it happen. If God has a plan for me after this, then I’m not going to die today. And last I checked, no man is bigger than my God!”

The boldness they had to possess to say:

17 “If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand.”

(I urge you to go read the chapter for yourself to get a better understanding of the magnitude of the situation.)

The crux of the story was that these men had faith that God was with them. But just because God was with them, it didn’t mean God was going to deliver them out of the furnace, it only meant God’s plan was going to come to fruition.

So in those times when you have no words left, no clue what to even pray about, all you have to do is to posture your heart and ask God to come into your midsts. Our unholy, undeserving presence. And have hope that He’s going to work things out for you. That’s all.

God bless you and have an amazing week!

– Tobias


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