It's hot. Really hot. How hot it is? It's so hot...

    ~  The birds have to use potholders to pull worms out of the ground.
    ~  The trees are whistling for the dogs.
    ~  The best parking place is determined by shade instead of distance.
    ~  Hot water now comes out of both taps.
    ~  You learn that a seat belt buckle makes a pretty good branding iron.
    ~  The temperature drops below 95 and you feel a little chilly
    ~  You discover that in August it only takes 2 fingers to steer your car.
    ~  You actually burn your hand opening the car door.
    ~  You break into a sweat the instant you step outside at 7:30 am.
    ~  Your biggest bicycle wreck fear is, "What if I get knocked out and end     up lying on the pavement and cook to death?"
    ~  You realize that asphalt has a liquid state.
    ~  Farmers are feeding their chickens crushed ice to keep them from         laying boiled eggs.
    `  The cows are giving evaporated milk.

    This heat has me thinking about Daniel, chapter 3. Three Hebrew boys, Shadrack, Mischak and Abednego, refused to bow, at the sound of music, to the image of gold that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up.  The punishment was being thrown into a burning fiery furnace.

    "To you it is commanded, O peoples, nations, and languages, that at the time you hear the sound of the horn, flute, harp, lyre, and psaltery, in symphony with all kinds of music, you shall fall down and worship the gold image that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up; and whoever does not fall down and worship shall be cast immediately into the midst of a burning fiery furnace." (vs. 4-6)

    I admire that kind of faith. It takes a committed person to do what's right regardless of the consequences. The boys had already made their mind up before the music ever started. They were not going to compromise. They trusted in the promises of God;

    "O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king. But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up."

    God is faithful. The Bible says His eyes go to and fro throughout the whole earth to show himself strong on behalf of those whose hearts are loyal. When the boys were thrown into the burning fiery furnace, they experienced the presence of the Lord. "Look!" he answered, "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."

    I'm convinced that in the future our faith is going to be equally tested. I want us to pass that test. When the test comes, let's remember the promises of God and the faith of these three young men.

    God Bless, Pastor Rob




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