Posted April 1, 2009
Let us turn our hearts again this week to the
book of Daniel. Our theme has been a study of Big God Theology.
I want to meditate in the study on Daniel 3:1-18. May we take time
to read this text before we begin to unpack these truths. In this
section I want us to see He Is The God Of Refinement. This
is the chapter in which Nebuchadnezzar places the three Hebrew
children in the fire. How can God put folks in the fire and they are
not burned? How can God cause good to come out of bad? How can God
take depraved, dead, and deplorable sinners and make them like
Himself? He is the God of refinement. The fire of refinement will
involve physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and financial
suffering. There are two relationships to His fire. One is to refine
us and the other is to condemn us. Oh, I want to be rightly related
to His fire. His refinement will involve The Trial Of Your Faith.
Job said, When He hath tried me I shall come forth as pure gold.
Peter said, Think it not strange when fiery trials come your way.
In the trial of the faith of the
three Hebrew boys we find in 3:1a A Consideration Of Their Trial.
The King made an image of gold. Every time God creates something
Satan will duplicate it. My Grandma said everything that shines
is not gold. In verse 7 we see the great arena of trial is that
all were bowing to this image when the musicians played. Let us be
careful when the majority is going, saying, or doing it. Our Lord
has always in every generation had a small minority on the narrow
road to life. I am free to do anything I want to do but as Paul said
all things are not expedient. The word means best for me. My
only real freedom is the freedom to be like our King, the Lord Jesus
In Chapter 3, verse 12 we find A
Conclusion Of Their Trial. When these three Hebrew boys refused
to bow they were brought to the king. The soldiers said to the king
that these three have not regarded thee. The word regard
means they dont think you are in charge or have sole authority over
them. When we are asked to do things contrary to the Word of God we
better have come to the conclusion of who is our sole authority.
Peter said we better obey God rather than men. The king
felt they had not heard the music so he played it again. Once again
every one bowed but these three boys stood alone before the king.
The king cried out in 3:15 saying,
who is that God that shall
deliver you out of my hands? If they get out of this situation
it will take a Big God.
In 3:16-18 we find there is A
Confession In Their Trial. They are told they are going to be
thrown in the fiery furnace. The Hebrew children said our God will
deliver us, but if not, we will not bow down to your image.
O King, know if you throw us in the fire we will be walking the
streets of God before you get back to the palace. Lord give us a But
if not mentality. It matters not how life goes if I have a but
if not plan that causes me to follow Him without regard to my
circumstances. It is my desire to be emotionally and mentally
stable, but if not I will follow Him. I desire to make a basic
living but if not I will follow Him. Let us not let life or
circumstances threaten us with heaven. A but if not
mentality always believes its expectations are from the Lord.
Whatever the Lord sends that is what I was expecting. Let our fiery
trials not take us out of our rest of life. Peter said, When
fiery trials come do not threat them as strangers When trouble
comes to the door tell them to come on in because I have been
expecting you. Tell your trials it matters not what you do to me. I
would rather be triumphant over my trials but if not I have
the confidence that I will walk the streets of gold once the fiery
trial of refinement is concluded.