Three highly intelligent, gifted young men were taken from their homes and transported to an alien country, where they were expected to integrate fully into society, adopting its language, culture and religion. In this new country they were told to worship a golden image, a representation of the king, but they refused. It had been decreed that anyone who failed to worship the image would be thrown into a blazing furnace, and the refusal of these three men left their lives hanging by a thread. It would have been easy to worship the image but they wouldn’t. They were servants of God and they would worship no one but Him. Their response to the prospect of death is inspiring:
“If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.” (1)
That’s how it is when Christians pray to God. He is most definitely able to rescue us from any precarious situation, including death, but He may not. That is his prerogative and we can face an uncertain future if we accept that He is in charge of it. He alone knows what lies ahead and when is our time. It just may be that this is our time. Bob Dylan wrote a song made famous by the Byrds, and based on words from the Bible. One of the earliest lines says that there’s “a time to live, a time to die”. (2) There is a time for all of us to die and for many it’s a scary prospect, but it needn’t be. If you have a faith in God through His Son, Jesus Christ, death has no fear. One of the most famous Christians, Paul, wrote:
“Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” (3)
When Christians talk about other Christians who have died we don’t generally say they’ve died. We use a lovely phrase that means so much. We say they’ve been “called home”. We know that there is an eternal life beyond this, a life where we will be “forever with the Lord” (4) in a place where “there will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain”. (5) That’s where we believe our Christian friends and family have gone, and it’s waiting for you too if you desire it.
If we can help you at all we will. If you want us to pray we will pray for you, or we can offer ongoing support to you and your family. We expect nothing in return, we are happy to do this as a way of sharing the love of God. Our church contact is Nicola who can be reached by phone on 07508 870899. You can also use the contact details below if you prefer. May God comfort you and richly bless you as you pass through this difficult time.
(1) Daniel 3:17,18
(2) Ecclesiastes 3:2
(3) 1 Corinthians 15:55
(4) 1 Thessalonians 4:17
(5) Revelation 21:4