Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Psalm 22:11

11Be not far from me; for trouble is near; for there is none to help.

How true is this? When you are struggling or in trouble, have you ever watched how quickly people scatter and might even form a crowd against you? Earlier this morning I was reading a little devotion, and it was about Rach, Shach and Benny (I know that isn't their real names - but I first learned this Bible story via Veggie Tales). These 3 Hebrew kids refused to bow down to the golden statue of the king every time the music played. WOW!! Talk about trouble, and not anyone else standing with them!!

Daniel 3:16 Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to the king, "O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. 17 If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and he will rescue us from your hand, O king. 18 But even if he does not, we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up."

As we continue reading the story in Daniel, we see that the ruler ordered the furnace be turned up 7 times hotter than normal, which killed the guards taking the boys to the furnace. WOW - that is hot!!!

This is one of the king's advisers in Daniel 3:25 (KJV) He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.

What faith they exhibited!! God will either deliver us from trouble - like the psalmist desperately wanted, or God will deliver us through the trouble - like the 3 Hebrew boys. Either way, I submit to God's Will for my life and trust Him!!!

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