Read Daniel 3
What a dramatic story this is! And what a thrilling example of faith and courage. Christian men today may not face the ordeal of a fiery furnace, but they do face situations almost as demanding. How easy it is to “cut corners” or “cross your fingers” and forget that you belong to the Lord! The three Hebrew children could have found all kinds of excuses for obeying the king’s command, but they preferred to obey the Word of God.
“Our God . . . is able.” This has been the testimony of believing saints down through the years. He is able to deliver. God does not promise to keep us out of difficulties, but rather to bring us out. He permitted the three men to go into the furnace–and then went in with them! He shares every trial you experience and enables you to come out a stronger and a better man and, through it all, to glorify Him.
God is able to keep. “Unto him that is able to keep you from falling” (Jude 24). At the beginning of your Christian life, you probably asked yourself, “Am I able to remain true to the Lord? Do I have the strength to hold out?” Then you discovered that He holds you! He is able to keep you from falling, or, as others translate it, stumbling. The good Shepherd cares for His sheep.
God is able to provide all that you need. Read 2 Corinthians 9:8 in your Bible, and mark it. And believe it!
Our God is able. No, let’s make it personal: MY GOD IS ABLE!
(Copyright, Warren W. Wiersbe. First appeared in Thoughts for Men on the Move. May not be copied or reproduced without express written permission of the author.)
Dr. Warren Wiersbe (1929-2019) was an internationally known Bible teacher, author, and conference speaker. He graduated in 1953 from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary in Lombard, Illinois. While attending seminary, he was ordained as pastor of Central Baptist Church in 1951 and served until 1957. From September 1957 to 1961, Wiersbe served as Director of The Literature Division for Youth for Christ International. From 1961 to 1971 he pastored Calvary Baptist Church of Covington, Kentucky south of Cincinnati, Ohio. His sermons were broadcast as the “Calvary Hour” on a local Cincinnati radio station. From 1971 to 1978, He served as the pastor of Moody Church in Chicago 1971 to 1978. While at Moody Church he continued in radio ministry. Between August 1979 and March 1982, he wrote bi-weekly for Christianity Today as “Eutychus X”, taught practical theology classes at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois, and wrote the course material and taught a Doctor of Ministry course at Trinity and Dallas Seminary. In 1980 he transitioned to Back to the Bible radio broadcasting network where he worked until 1990. Dr. Wiersbe became Writer in Residence at Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids and Distinguished Professor of Preaching at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. In his lifetime, Dr. Wiersbe wrote over 170 books—including the popular Be series, which has sold over four million copies. Dr. Wiersbe was awarded the Gold Medallion Lifetime Achievement by the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA).