Radioactive | Devotion #6: Gospel
Ryan Story | Student Pastor
A moment ago I just read an article about the Marjory Stoneman High School students returning to school. I know that in a year most of us, including myself, will have forgotten about this tragedy. We have all read stories about tragic events; young children dying, someone taking their own life, or families being broken and split apart. I love moments where you see a community rally around a family, but too often we see society quickly move on from these situations, and a family still left trying to deal with their grief. I read these articles, see these news stories, and know that no words can even begin to articulate the hurt, pain, and numbness that is in each situation. We empathize with how those going through these situations feel, but certainly do not understand the full weight of the darkness they are facing.
In your life, bad things will happen that feel as if they will destroy you. In your life, there will be nukes that land in your life and seemingly level everything around you. There are times evil seems to prevail. There are times when the most unforeseeable circumstances happen, and it leaves us wondering “why.” We have all experienced and suffered from some sort of death, hurt, abuse, divorce, neglect, pain, or manipulation. We have all woken up after a fallout, looked at our life, and had to figure out how to start putting the pieces back. Life is hard, life hurts, and bad things happen, but that does not take away from how great our Jesus is.
In the book of Daniel, three men are sentenced to death. These men are taken to a furnace that is so hot, it killed a man because he got too close. These men were being pressed hard to forsake the God of their fathers. A king that wanted them to relent their worship was attacking these men. We have been in similar spots in our life. We have all stood in front of a blazing inferno. We have all stood in front of scenarios we never thought we would encounter. We have stood and looked upon our lives and felt that the only thing we can see is the horrible fate that awaits us. I take refuge in something that these godly men said. Daniel 3:17-18 says, “If this 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 that you have set up.”
To stand in front of such horrible circumstances and say, even if God does not deliver you in the way that you deem appropriate, that He is still worthy of your worship is beautiful! The three men were looking at the end of their life, and they did not just call out to God to save them from their circumstances; they called out to God and worshiped Him for who He was. Life is hard. Bad things happen. Evil will attempt to destroy your life. But even then, He is always there. No matter what has happened, or what will happen, Jesus is in every situation we encounter. He is too faithful to abandon us. He is too loving not to offer us comfort. He is always with us.