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By: Ted Camp, Silent Word Ministries

 

The three Hebrew children were in a strange ungodly land that worshiped idols. The king signed a decree that all must bow and worship a ninety foot idol. All looked upon the three because they would not bow to the idol. The king commanded them to bow or be cast into a fiery furnace. They refused and said, “...our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace... But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods” (Daniel 3:17-18).

They were cast into the fiery furnace but were unharmed. The king was astonished and said, “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” (Daniel 3:25).

The king then reversed his command and had those who drafted the law to be cast into the furnace. The king then made a new decree that no one could say anything against the Hebrew God. The three Hebrew children let it be known that they would not bend, bow, or burn.

There are times in all our lives when we must stand as a Christian before the world. We should be as others in the past who were faithful. Many said God can deliver me “but if not, be it known that...” Noah: I will obey Him. Abel: I will worship Him. Moses: I will follow Him. Joshua: I will serve Him. John the Baptist: I will witness for Him. Peter: I will preach for Him. John: I will love Him. Paul: I will be faithful to Him. These all let it be known that they would serve the Lord no matter what happened.

But if not...Paul prayed three times that his thorn be removed, but it remained. Paul then learned that God’s grace was sufficient to help him glorify God in his weakness (II Corinthians 12:8-9). It is now our time to say, “My God is able to deliver me, but if not, be it known that I still trust Him. At this time, you may be facing financial problems, health issues, family situations, or difficult problems of stress and anxiety. You should also say, “I am facing a very difficult time, but I know my God is able to deliver me, but if not, be it known that I will still trust Him.”

The Lord may not still your storms, but He can still you in the storm. He has promised to always be with you. “For he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee” (Hebrews 13:5). Be it known to others that you will not forsake Him because He will not forsake you. As Job, there are times we may need to say, “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him” (Job 13:15). You can always trust Him to be “there” with you even when you are in the furnace or the fiery trials of life. “But if not, be it known” to others that you will trust Him! Daniel influenced the three Hebrew children to serve God. Be it known...

As Daniel and the three Hebrew children, your life also has a great influence and impact upon others! No matter what happens we need to let it be known that we trust God! The greatest testimony and influence to this world is a changed and consistent life. Remember, God is able, but if not, be it known that you still trust Him.” These are Words of Wisdom.

Ted Camp is director of Silent Word Ministries, a worldwide ministry based in Trenton. E-mail him at TC@silentword.org.


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