The Calling of Obedience

When asked as a child what my favorite bible story was I always answered Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. I always chose the story of the fiery furnace and the three men whom God saved but for the craziest reason. I loved their names. That's it. I thought it was the coolest response because Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego rolls off the tongue real nicely. Embarrassing to admit? Yes, yes it is.

Here's the thing though, today I would have the exact same answer except for a better reason (or at least I think so).  These three men are a radical testament to our calling of obedience to God.

In their obedience they didn't let fear stop them, didn't question where God was or even why He was allowing them to be put in a furnace. In fact they declared God was going to save them and said "And if not, He is still good".

Did you hear that last line? They said I know God can rescue us but I know if He doesn’t, He is still good.

Isn't this how we should react to life? 

Easier said than done though, right? It's easy for me to point out God's goodness when our inbox's are empty, donations are coming in and resident's are doing well but what about the times where things don't go as planned, the bank account is low or a resident relapses :: He is still good.

He has beautiful things in store for us but we must be obedient in our faith to see the journey. 

I pray today we have the same faith as Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. That we trust whole heartedly in the Lord's provision but rest in knowing that He is good regardless.