Through Every Day and All the Way
Daniel 3:26-27 Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the door of the furnace of blazing fire; he responded and said, “Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego, come out, you servants of the Most High God, and come here!” Then Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego came out of the midst of the fire. The satraps, the prefects, the governors and the king’s high officials gathered around and saw in regard to these men that the fire had no effect on the bodies of these men nor was the hair of their head singed, nor were their trousers damaged, nor had the smell of fire even come upon them.
During our evening devotional, our family is currently reading through the book of Daniel. The story of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego is always an amazing and encouraging account. We love their courage; we love their trust in the Lord no matter what; we love that it’s a rescue story, and we see the “Son of the gods” in the fire with them. Our entire family is gripped by the excitement and drama of this narrative.
At lunch yesterday Rylee, our five-year-old, was excitedly retelling the story to our family. After she finished, Kerry asked the question, “What does this story tell us about God?”
We all considered her question. Well, everyone except Maddy, who was more interested in shoving her index finger into the middle of her peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
There are several observations that can be made about God in this passage, but the one that stood out to us this time in particular is from Daniel 3:27:
“… the fire had no effect on the bodies of these men nor was the hair of their head singed, nor were their trousers damaged, nor had the smell of fire even come upon them.”
We talked about how God’s protection for them was utterly perfect. Not even the smell of fire was on Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego.
Our family enjoys going camping. We asked our kids what happens when we sit around the campfire. They immediately made sour faces and said, “We stink. We smell like smoke.”
Taylor, our seven-year-old said, “It’s like God put a big bubble around them.” For Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, His protection was completely thorough.
It led us to a discussion about how the Lord took care of the Israelites in the wilderness.
Deuteronomy 29:5 I have led you forty years in the wilderness; your clothes have not worn out on you, and your sandal has not worn out on your foot.
God’s ability to protect and watch over is absolute! Does He choose to do that every time? No, but we are finding great comfort in knowing that God is able to completely shield and totally defend. Not even natural processes like 40 years’ worth of wear and tear on shoes or the natural effect of smelling like smoke in/near a fire can hinder God’s ability to physically care for those He chooses. No one is bigger; no one is stronger, and no one can overtake Him. When the Lord doesn’t rescue, we are also finding great comfort in knowing that the Lord is still there and present, guarding us and guiding us.
We have had so many opportunities to watch the Lord do this very thing, and we are praying and anticipating God to do this even more.
Here’s where we are right now:
1. Kert experienced carbon monoxide poisoning while working on a construction project. The Lord shut down a piece of equipment. Literally, He made it stop working so that Kert had no choice but to stop what he was doing and fall out of the room to safety. After an emergency room visit and a tank of oxygen, Kert is fine.
2. Kert, on yet another construction project, stepped backwards off of our roof. We can only envision the angelic being holding the collar of his shirt and pulling him back to safety.
Also on our list: We recently had to replace a broken front door, a broken kitchen faucet, a broken toilet. Our couch is falling to pieces. We have an underground leak in our water system outside. Our glass greenhouse was abused by some giant hail. As a result, we are choosing to convert it into a workshop. Recently our decade-old vacuum cleaner has stopped working. Last night a huge tree branch fell on our house. This morning our dishwasher started making an awful noise and is now not working. And those are just the physical needs!
Interestingly enough, we find ourselves chuckling and saying, “Really? Another thing? Okay, Lord, we trust you. You’re the only one who can take care of these things.”
We find ourselves singing a hymn that our deceased, 97-year-old neighbor taught us a few years ago called “God Will Take Care of You”:
Be not dismayed whate’er betide,
God will take care of you;
Beneath His wings of love abide,
God will take care of you.
God will take care of you,
Through every day, o’er all the way;
He will take care of you,
God will take care of you.
Our list of opportunities to trust the Lord will always be there. It will change. Things will be removed and things will be added. Some will be simple, tangible needs, others will be complex, life-altering issues and others will be urgent emergencies. Regardless of how much our list varies, the Lord is totally able to sustain us through it all and can meet any and all of our needs in a moment if He decides that is best. He can even defy natural processes and normal methods to do that!
Also, God doesn’t waste anything. He is going to use these opportunities to increase our dependence on Him and our trust in Him.
George Muller, an evangelist in the 1800s is also an encouragement! He says, “God’s plan is there shall be none of self and all of Christ. The very people who are doing the most for God in saving souls, in mission work, in the care of orphans, are those who are working on short supplies of strength, of money, of talents, of advantages, and are kept in a position of living by faith and taking from God, day by day both physical and spiritual supplies. This is the way God succeeds and gains conquests over His own people, and over the unbelief of those who look on His providences.”
And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
Oh and this happened too. Our three-year-old took scissors to her long, golden hair. Thankfully it could be fixed. It’s always a fun time around the Prater house!