Death, Where Is Thy Sting? (4/7)

Daniel 3:17
If it be so,
our God whom we serve is able to deliver us
from the furnace of blazing fire;
and He will deliver us out of your hand, O king.

Devotional

Daniel 3:15-19
¹⁵Now if you are ready, at the moment you hear the sound of the horn, flute, lyre, trigon, psaltery and bagpipe and all kinds of music, to fall down and worship the image that I have made, very well. But if you do not worship, you will immediately be cast into the midst of a furnace of blazing fire; and what god is there who can deliver you out of my hands?
¹⁶Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego replied to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to give you an answer concerning this matter.
¹⁷If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the furnace of blazing fire; and He will deliver us out of your hand, O king. ¹⁸But even if He does not, let it be known to you, O king, that we are not going to serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.
¹⁹Then Nebuchadnezzar was filled with wrath, and his facial expression was altered toward Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego. He answered by giving orders to heat the furnace seven times more than it was usually heated.

Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid.

Many years ago, 164 miners died entombed in a coal mine in Durham, England.
When the rescuers found their bodies, they discovered the following words written on a board: “The Lord has been with us. We are ready for heaven. Bless the Lord. We have had a jolly prayer meeting. Every man ready for glory. Half past 2 o’clock, Thursday.”

The coal miners knew of the life eternal, life free from the bondage of time, of circumstance, of disaster.
They knew the Saviour who could grant strength equal to every emergency of life.

In Christ we can, indeed, be more than conquerors over sin and death.
As Matthew Henry, the Bible commentator, once wrote: “God will deliver us either from death or in death.”

With Paul we can rejoice as we ponder his encouraging words written to the Romans: “I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Prayer suggestions

▪︎ Ask the Lord to deliver you from the bondage of sin and the fear of death.
▪︎ Ask the Lord to grant you that through trial and suffering you may know the glory of His presence and His eternal love revealed to you in Christ Jesus.

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