For those of us in Oklahoma we are supposedly supposed to experience a “Tornado apocalypse”. I’m not trying to be funny. But I have no other way of describing it.
If it’s as bad as they say it’s going to be. If we’re being completely honest with ourselves. Their is a possibility that you could lose your car, lose your house, God forbid people may die.
It should go without saying that we should all desire and believe and pray that everyone will be safe. But disaster may strike, this is just reality. Things may not go the way we prayed.
Tomorrow may be bad. You may see a tornado outside of your window. You may see golf ball sized hail. You may see things flying in the air. If that be the case, I want to offer you this but of hope.
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were 3 men in the old testament. During the time they were alive they were under the rule of King Nebuchadnezzar. Nebuchadnezzar made a gold statue of himself. He required the people to bow down to his statue everytime the music played. I’m sure out of fear and other reasons, people bowed to the statue. But these 3 men refused to bow. They would not worship any idols. Neither would they be afraid of what man may do to them, By disobeying man’s law but honoring God’s. Their allegiance was completely and utterly to the Lord.
Nebuchadnezzar heard these three men would not bow. His punishment was to throw them inside a blazing furnace. Nebuchadnezzar gave them one last opportunity to worship the idol.
This is their response: Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered and said to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. If this be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of your hand, O king. But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.”
Not only tomorrow will we be faced with this storm. But in everyday life when we are faced with storms of life. We have a response. Our response can be made out of fear, fear of what man will do to us. Fear of circumstances. Or our response can be.
“God can and is able to deliver me. BUT IF NOT. I will not bow down to fear. I will keep the faith through the fiery furnace. I will keep the faith through the storm because I know my God is with me everywhere I go”
Tomorrow we may not be delivered from the fire. But God is with us through it.
P.S. knowing Oklahoma. It’s going to be 85 and sunny with not a cloud in sight.