God assures you in His word that your troubles did not come to destroy you, but they come in order to prove that your faith is real.
“I confess that I will not be afraid, for I am deeply loved by God. I shall take heart, and be at peace, and be strong.“ [Daniel 10:19]
Even as Christians, no one is exempt from facing fearful situations. At some point we will all be challenged to face different kinds of fears as we journey through life. Many will face the fear of failure, while others will face the fear of rejection. And most of all, fear of the unknown has bombarded the minds of many. Yet the Bible tells us that God did not give us the spirit of fear, but of power and of love and a sound mind. Fear is the opposite of Faith which is also known as the spiritual force that blocks God’s best for our lives, therefore we must confront fear as soon as it enters our minds.
I am always encouraged when I read the story about the three Hebrews boys, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego who were faced with one of the most fearful situation you can imagine. These men of great faith were confronted with the choice of standing for the one and only true God or bowing to King Nebuchadnezzar’s golden statue. Refusing to bow to the idol, the King thought he could raise fear in them as he offered them a second chance. However, these men did not worry what would happen to them, they knew that even if they were thrown in the flaming furnace, their God would deliver them. Although their faith was tested by fire, we see that not even fire could destroy them.
Ultimately, God did not keep them from being thrown in the fiery furnace, but he protected them while they were in the fire. Isaiah 43:2 states, “When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned, and the flame will not consume you.”
Maybe you are facing a troubling and fearful situation. But I encourage you to go ahead and confront that challenge in faith. God assures you in His word that your troubles did not come to destroy you, but they come in order to prove that your faith is real. Please take courage while considering the example of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. Take your position, cast down all fears and fight for your faith!
Carolyn Crow is a writer for the Siftings Herald and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org