My dear Brothers and sisters in Christ, I greet and bless everyone in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. The blessed word that God has given you for today is from the book of Daniel 3:17, 18,” If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace. And He will deliver us from your hand. But if not, let it be known to you O king that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up”.
The above context is about the three friends of Daniel namely Shadrack, Meshach and Abed –Nego. These three men were determined to serve the living God. They refused to bow before the gold image which king Nebuchadnezzar, had set up. They were clear about their calling. They knew the purpose of Gods calling in their lives. So they boldly challenged the king of Babylon. Though the king increased the heat of the furnace seven times more than it was usually heated they still refused to bow before the gold image. That was their determination for God. As a result the king commanded the mighty men to cast them into the midst of the burning fiery furnace. So they were bound and thrown into the midst of fire. The king was astonished to see four men loose walking in the midst of the fire and they were not burnt. The fire had no power over their bodies. The hair of their head was not burnt, nor their garments affected, and the smell of the fire was not on them. The king was surprised to see these three men strolling about, in the midst of fire alive. He strongly believed that there was no other God, who can deliver like this. So he promoted Shadrach, Meshachand Abed- Nego in the province. This is how God exalts His people. In a moment they were upgraded. Life was transformed.
Dear Brothers and Sisters, God can transform your life too if you will submit yourself to the Lord, like these three men who knew their calling and were firm in their decision. They had great faith in the God whom they served. I am sure God has a purpose for you in your life. You have been called to do something special in life. For He who is called you is faithful. You need to know the definite will of God. You should know why God has called you for. Where there is no guidance the people fall. But in abundance of counselors there is victory. You need to heed to the voice of God. Because our plans sometimes fall for lack of knowledge. The major factor in the down fall of Israel was because Solomon, began worshiping the false gods. Be firm in your calling. If you need to be healthy , wealthy, and lead a contented life, then you need to cling on to Jesus, who is the author and finisher of your faith. When you are firm about your calling then you can avert from being fallen. Whether it is your education, business, job undertaking or marriage settlement, seek Gods counselling. Then you shall be successful.
God bless you.
Our loving heavenly Father, we thank You for this blessed day. Thank you Lord for instilling an urge to remain true to You in our life. To seek Your counselling in all that we do. Lord reveal your plan and purpose for me in my life. Help us to be like the three friends of Daniel who stood the test, and rose victoriously to greater heights. In Jesus Name we pray.