My own personal stance against religious hypocrisy - both my own, and any others who seek to hurt people in the name of God.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Having Done All - Stand

Sometimes it feels like the walls of life are closing in, like those torture chambers in which the ceiling continues to drop, or the walls keep squeezing together. It's just a matter of time.

It can be hard trying to live by faith. It can also be easy. Kind of depends on what's happening at the moment.

Well, at the moment nothing is going as I would like it. I suppose that is an exaggeration. What would be more correct to say is that of the things which matter most to me, some of the most important are going contrary to my desires.

Does that mean God has let me down? Some people think so. They think that if God does not grant them their prayer - as they prayed - then he has failed them. Yet these same people seldom see how they have failed God. I, on the other hand, see at least some of my failings. As Paul wrote, "I am chief of sinners".

How can God fail us? There is only one way. God must make a promise - and not come through. Regarding what is going on in my life, that has not occurred. The fact things are not happening as I wish does not mean God has failed me. He made no promises in these areas. Therefore, any expectations I have are of my own design - not God's. And God is not under any obligation to fulfill my expectations. Still, he just may. There is still time.

Chapters three and four of the Book of Daniel kind of speak to me right now. Either my insanity is about to be cured as I am delivered from the fiery furnace, or I will be destroyed in the fire.

According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and another man is building upon it. Let each man take care how he builds upon it. For no other foundation can any one lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any one builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw - each man's work will become manifest; for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. If the work which any man has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. If any man's work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire. 1 Corinthians 3:10-17 Revised Standard Version

King Nebuchadnezzar made an image of gold, whose height was sixty cubits and its breadth six cubits. He set it up on the plain of Dura, in the province of Babylon. Then King Nebuchadnezzar sent to assemble the satraps, the prefects, and the governors, the counselors, the treasurers, the justices, the magistrates, and all the officials of the privinces to come to the dedication of the image which King Nebuchadnezzar had set up; and they stood before the image that Nebuchadnezzar had set up. And the herald proclaimed aloud, "You are commanded, O peoples, nations, and languages, that when you hear the sound of the horn, pipe, lyre, trigon, harp, bagpipe, and every kind of music, you are to fall down and worship the golden image that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up; and whoever does not fall down and worship shall immediately be cast into a burning fiery furnace." Therefore, as soon as all the peoples heard the sound of the horn, pipe, lyre, trigon, harp, bagpipe, and every kind of music, all the peoples, nations, and languages fell down and worshiped the golden image which King Nebuchadnezzar had set up.

Therefore at that time certain Chaldeans came forward and maliciously accosed the Jews. They said to King Nebuchadnezzar, "O king, live for ever! You, O king, have made a decree, that every man who hears the sound of the horn, pipe, lyre, trigon, harp, bagpipe, and every kind of music, shall fall down and worship the golden image; and whoever does not fall down and worship shall be cast into a burning fiery furnace. There are certain Jews whom you have appointed over the affairs of the province of Babylon: Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. These men, O king, pay no heed to you; they do not serve your gods or worship the golden image which you have set up."

Then Nebuchadnezzar in furious rage commanded that Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego be brought. Then they brought these men before the king. Nebuchadnezzar said to them, "Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, that you do not serve my gods or worship the golden image which I have set up? Now if you are ready when you hear the sound of the horn, pipe, lyre, trigon, harp, bagpipe, and every kind of music, to fall down and worship the image which I have made, well and good; but if you do not worship, you shall immediately be cast into a burning fiery furnace; and who is the god what will deliver you out of my hands?"

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered the king, "O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you 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 your hand, O king. But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image which you have set up."

Daniel 3:1-18 Revised Standard Version

And with that, they prepared to die.

2 comments:

Silver said...

How have you been? How's your family?

Hold on to God's goodness, Bev.

~Silver

Bevie said...

I have actually been a bit ill, and my weight has gone up significantly. For me, that's bad.

Still expecting something fantastic to happen. Can't make it happen, though. Just have to wait.

Thanks for the well-wishes.