How are we supposed to trust God when he doesn’t always prevent us from pain? Matter of fact Jesus tells us that we will suffer. “Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world. (John 16:33)” So what is the point of trusting God if we will still have problems?
Shadrach, Meshack, and Abednego were faithful to God and refused to bow down and worship their king. Did God keep them from being thrown in the furnace of fire because of their faith? No. He didn’t deliver them from the fire, but he brought them through. He went through the fire with them, and the ropes that bound them were burnt off. “Not a hair on their heads was singed, and their clothing was not scorched. They didn’t even smell of smoke! (Daniel 3:27)”
God does not always deliver us from the fire, but he will always bring us through. He will be with us in the fire, and he will break the chains of bondage off of us. When we come out, we won’t even smell like we’ve been in a fire. Jesus blood completely cleanses, and his wounds completely heal. God is a God of restoration, and he is mighty to save.
Then Nebuchadnezzar said, “Praise be to the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego…for no other god can save in this way”. (Daniel 3:28, 29) Their experience in the fire displayed God’s power to save and protect. They already knew about God’s protection and power, but the Babylonians did not. Sometimes we suffer to bring other people to God.
The purpose of our lives is to bring glory to God. Sometimes we are blessed for his glory, and sometimes we suffer for his glory. What happens on this earth is not the end of the story. We may think we didn’t get a miracle. It is a miracle that imperfect humans can live eternally in the presence of a holy God because of Jesus righteousness. It is not usually the miracle we want, but God knows there is something better on the other side.
The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing. – Zephaniah 3:17