This is what I know about God, for his word says, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” according to Deuteronomy 31:6 New International Version. You are not forsaken according to the scriptures.
Genesis 28:15 tells us; “Look, I am with you, and I will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. For I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.” Deuteronomy 4:31 also informs us, letting us know that the “LORD your God is a merciful God; He will not abandon you or destroy you or forget the covenant with your fathers, which He swore to them by oath. It is our duty to believe that God is just and faithful enough to do as He said He will. Trusting in the scriptures is imperative.
To endure and spiritually prosper from fiery furnace, our heavenly Father want us to know that as we face the challenges of life we are not forsaken. “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5). Let’s examine two different stories, from the Scriptures, that will give us the reassurance God will “never leave us nor forsake us.”
Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-Nego
In the book of Daniel, King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon was a ruler over one of the greatest empires in history. Nebuchadnezzar felt the need to unify the various peoples in his empire that stretched from Babylon to Egypt. To unify these various cultures and peoples, he decided that a state religion was needed. He erected a statue that the people could worship as the symbol of his wondrous empire. Any person who would not worship that image were to die in a fiery furnace (Daniel 3:1-11).
Three young men, Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-Nego, had been taking captive from their homeland of Judah, refusing to worship the image. They were to face a literal fiery furnace (Daniel 3:12-15). The three men spoke with one voice, they were placing their trust in the one true God and would release to God’s will and not of King Nebuchadnezzar. If God wanted to intervene and save them,he could; if not, he could allowed them to die, they would submit to the will of God through thier trial (Daniel 3:16-18).
Enraged at the lack of submission of these three foreigners, King Nebuchadnezzar had the fiery furnace heated seven times hotter than normal. He was determined to set an example of these young men (Daniel 3:19-24).
Fiery Furnance Salvation
God allowed these men to be tested, to be made to endure the full measure of the trial, but also notice something that will inspire each of us as we face our “fiery furnace.”
While in the midst of the fiery furnace it was noted that the three men were not alone as they faced the most horrific trial of their lives Nebuchadnezzar exclaimed, “I see four men walking about unbound and unharmed in the fire and the fourth looks like a supreme being”(Daniel 3:25, Tanakh version).
What was the result of this trial? King Nebuchadnezzar recognized that it was the true God, the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-Nego, who had done this mighty feat. The great God of the universe was then magnified by decree throughout the empire and the three young men were then promoted (Daniel 3:26-30).
The Heroic Stand For God By Stephen
In the New Testament, we have a man facing the trial of his life but doing so with Jesus Christ standing near him. Which can be found in Acts 6-7.
Stephen was a mighty man of God concerning the Scriptures. So much that the Jews who didn’t believe could not refute him (Acts 6:10). In his speech before the Jewish Sanhedrin, Stephen accused those Jewish leaders of dismissing God’s ways just as their forefathers did (Acts 6:12-7:53).
While King Nebuchadnezzar was furious at Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-Nego, the Jews of the Sanhedrin were furious at Stephen (Acts 7:54). In this case God allowed Stephen not to be rescued as were Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-Nego. Stephen relinquished his life in martyrdom.
See what happens next in the story of Stephen. To inspire Stephen, God allows him to see a vision of heaven, the glory of God, and note,Jesus Christ standing at the right hand of God (Acts 7:55-56)!
We as humans are inspired by what we “see.” Stephen was allowed to “see,” in vision, the glory of God, which he knew he would experience at the time of his resurrection. He was also moved by “seeing” Jesus Christ fully engaged and standing with him during the moment of his greatest need!
Note that these stories illustrate the simple, yet powerful fact that God, will “never leave us, nor forsake us.” You are not forsaken.
ENCOURAGE YOURSELF: I love these two examples of the power of God and how He assures us that He will never forsake us, that He will be there, even to the end of the earth.