God is faithful -- are we?
Therefore we see that God is faithful, fulfilling his promises even when his people are in exile. But the question we must ask ourselves today is whether we are living our lives in faithfulness to him? Too often I think it's easy to get caught up in describing faithfulness as us "doing" things for God, but does God really need us to do anything for him? Does he need us to design his strategy for him? This is God we're talking about -- the one who created our minds! Does God need us to raise funds for him? You know, God who owns the cattle on a thousand hills! God is simply asking us to be faithful to him in our personal relationship to him and he will take care of the rest. We are supposed to trust in him. The three young men put their entire faith and trust in God and God took care of the rest. Not only did he save them, but he revealed himself to them in that furnace. God's promise wasn't just for three young men, but for all of his people who would remain true to him. The Israelites had struggled with fidelity over and over again. They had been enticed to serve the foreign gods, and not only to worship them but to put up altars to them right in their own backyards. I wonder what kinds of idols we have put up in our own homes?!
The promise that God gave to the Israelites is a promise for us today as well. God is faithful -- but are we?