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And Nothing Happened…

 in-the-fire Nothing happened?!  That statement has challenged me over the last few weeks.

During our youth morning bible study class, the study was focused around the story of the Fiery Furnace.  You know, the story of the three Jewish boys who chose to stand up for their beliefs when the King told them to bow.  And they said we will not bow, we will not worship you, for we worship God!  And the results was they were thrown into the fiery furnace. You can read it here in Daniel Chapter 3

And about midway through it hit me.  When we look at that story we focus on the three who stand all the time.  But what about the thousands that bowed.  Some people live their faith because they are scared about what God will do to them if they don’t.  But in this story- nothing happened.  There was no punishment handed down from God at that moment for those who bowed to the statue.  Nothing Happened.  But yet something did.

Think about it- there was no big cosmic meteor shower that came to earth and killed all those people who worshipped the statue.  In fact, there daily life was not altered one bit after that.  They continued to live out their existence in Babylon just like they did the weeks and months before this incident.  Nothing Happened.  And you can think it’s just not fair that God doesn’t punish those who do not follow his guidelines. It’s not fair that the only people who were in trouble were the people who stood up for what is right.  Nothing Happened to the other people.

But something happened…and it still happens today.  Think about the story.  When we look at that story, we know the names of those who took a stand.   We see that because of their stand they were tossed into the furnace.  And because of their faith, God rescued them from the furnace and the King realized how powerful God was. And for the rest of the people…Nothing happened!

Exactly.  Nothing.  There was no consequences for their actions, no immediate punishment.  But yet there was also something that happened.  They lost the chance to impact their world.  When presented with the opportunity to stand, they bowed.  And nothing happened.  No impact.  No great encounter with God.  No change in people’s lives.  Nothing Happened.

Don’t let nothing happen in your life…

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