COMMITTED—LIVE OR DIE!
“Nebuchadnezzar spake and said unto them…If ye worship not, ye shall be cast the same hour into the midst of a burning fiery furnace; and who is that God that shall deliver you out of my hands?” (Daniel 3:14–15).
Daniel’s friends were facing the worst possible crisis any human could face. If God didn’t come and deliver them by a miracle, they were dead!
What will bring Christ into your crisis? He comes when you make the same commitment the three Hebrew children made: “[They]…said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter. If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand…But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up” (verses 16–18).
In other words: “It looks hopeless. If God doesn’t perform a miracle for us, we are dead. Yet our God is able to deliver us from this fiery crisis! But even if he doesn’t, we still will not quit on him. Live or die, we will trust him!”
Beloved, this is the kind of faith that causes angels to rejoice and blesses the very heart of God. It is a faith that says, “Lord, I am convinced, fully persuaded, that you are able to deliver me. If you just speak a word, it will all be over.”
“But, if not, I’m not going to run. I won’t accuse you of abandoning me. I will remain faithful and true. Your ways are higher than mine, Lord – and my life is in your hands. Though you slay me, yet will I trust you!”
This is what brings Christ into our crisis—the full confidence that he is able to rescue and deliver us out of any crisis! It is a confidence that, no matter what comes, we are in his hands.