Archive for the ‘Tribulation’ Category


Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

Day 260

“And these three men, firmly tied,
fell into the blazing furnace”
Daniel 3:1-30

It is a well-known story: Shadrach, Mesach and Abednego refused to bow before King Nebuchadnezzar’s image of gold that he had made. The King also had given an order that anyone not falling down to worship the image would be thrown into a blazing furnace. He was so furious over the three men’s refusal that he ordered the furnace heated seven times hotter than usual. The three were bound with their robes, trousers, turbans and other clothes on and thrown in the furnace by three of the strongest soldiers. The three soldiers were killed when they threw the three men in the furnace because the flames were so hot

Viewing the fierce fire, the King saw four men walking around; unbound and unharmed. He approached the furnace and called them out. The account tells us they were not harmed and “there was no smell of smoke on them.” The King then gave recognition and honor to God, and promoted the three men.

There are many trials and tribulations in life. Note that God intervened only after the flames surrounded them. God did not save them from accusation, sentencing, and being cast into the flames. Christ did not come to Lazarus’ bedside when he was sick. He died and then Christ came and raised him from the dead. In both incidents, there was a greater purpose in the suffering. We seek God’s intervention the minute we enter a crises, but He responds when He responds, which is in His time. In the end, He is there with us and His glory will be seen.

“When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze”
Isaiah 43:2


Thursday, July 8th, 2010

Day 127

“Behold, a throne”
Revelation 4:2

Our affairs rest in the hands of God. Not men, employers, government, or circumstances. God is sovereign and is in complete control. There is not one thing that happens in your life that is not permitted by God. You are His child and you belong to Him. If tribulation, trials, and travail enter your life, it is there by His permission. There is a purpose for everything in the life of a child of God.

A large segment of the Church today is suffering persecution throughout the world. From burning churches to the ground, severe beatings of brethren, imprisonment and torture, to the bold murdering of native pastors and missionaries, there are more martyrs today than in the early church. Much of the western world is insulated from these realities. But the realty is a suffering and persecuted church.

In the midst of personal and church fiery trials there stands a Throne for all to see. “God reigns; let the peoples tremble! He sits above the cherubim; let the earth be moved” [Psalm 99:1]. The Throne is the center of the universe. Almighty God rules from here. Nothing is excluded from His rule. He sits in the midst of the Holy of Holies ruling His kingdom. Look to the Throne for our God will prevail in all things and He is with us to the end.

“And the Lamb shall overcome them”
Revelation 17:14


Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

Day 125

“I have overcome the world”
John 16:33

Jesus told us that we will have tribulation, but we were to rejoice because He had overcome the world. We, as the church, are to be a light in the world and if we are faithful to our call that light will be hated by darkness. This is the reason Paul writes in Timothy that the godly will be persecuted [2 Timothy 3:12]. What is clear and a fact is that tribulation follows the testimony of truth. This tribulation is present and ranges from pressure to persecution and even death for some.

Why did Jesus declare that He had overcome the world and that tribulation will happen, but to be of good cheer? The fact is we are in the world and we suffer along with the world and from the world. His declaration is we are now in Him and He has overcome the world. We will overcome the world in Him and it gives us hope and joy to know this in the face of pressure and persecution. We are overcomers – conquering the world.

There is more to tribulation. It is a tool in God’s hands. We are sinful and need constant cleansing. We know He is sovereign and controls everything and tribulation can be turned to good for those who love the Lord. It becomes the very tool that brings us to maturity and the fullness of Christ.

“You are the Ruler of all things”
1 Chronicles 29:12