TODAY'S WORD FOR Tuesday, March 06, 2018:
Cause body or mental pain; do harm or mischief; injure; insult; affect emotionally.
“Look!” he said, “I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire; and they are not hurt, and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.”
Because God has said, “never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” So, we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?”
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
It is impossible to get through life without suffering hurt and pain. Some hurts are physical caused by sickness or injury. Other hurts are emotional caused by how we are treated by others. Most physical hurts heal with time but emotional hurts are difficult to heal and some can even affect us for a lifetime.
As believers, it is very important how we respond to emotional and spiritual hurts. When we respond by relying on our own thinking the hurt may never leave us. The way we respond can affect our spiritual life. Hurts and the threat of hurts can cause us to doubt and lose our faith. But when we learn to turn our hurts over to Jesus, He will respond and we will have victory.
In the verse above we are given a wonderful example how God will take us through situational hurts that we would never conquer by ourselves. Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-Nego were facing physical harm because they refused to obey the command of King Nebuchadnezzar to bow down to the King’s statue to worship. They believed in God and stayed true to their faith even though they knew defying the King was going to mean that they faced death in a blazing furnace.
But God protected them and, as the verse above tells us, they were not hurt. Three people were thrown into the fire but when the King looked he saw four men. God sent someone from heaven to protect these men because of their faith. The King was certain what he saw was a heavenly being.
In Daniel 6:16 we read about Daniel being thrown into the lion’s den. King Darius made it a law that no one could pray to any god but him. The punishment for breaking the law was to be cast into a den of lions for 30 days. After 30 days when the king ordered Daniel out of the lion’s den no injury or hurt was found on him. God protected him and Daniel told the king, “My God sent His angel, and he shut the mouths of the lions. They have not hurt me.”
There is one more example that we would like to share with you from the scriptures. In Acts 18: 9-10, the Apostle Paul was in Corinth preaching to the Jews telling them that Jesus was the Christ. The Jews opposed Paul and became so abusive that Paul decided to quit preaching to them. God intervened, the scripture tells, and the Lord spoke to Paul in the night and told him to continue to preach in spite of the opposition of the Jews in Corinth because God was with him and would allow no one to hurt him. Paul realized that he must not be afraid to do what God had called him to do in spite of the threat of hurt because God would be with him.
These examples are for us teaching us to rely on God’s protection when we are facing threats of harm. We are to trust in the Lord and give our fears to Him. Because God has said that He will never leave us or forsake us we can say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper. I will not be afraid.”
Our memory verse for this week is found in Ephesians 1:7.
In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.
Thank You that when threats of hurt come my way that I can be confident that You are with me because You have said, “I will not leave you or forsake you,” and I do not have to be afraid.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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