Rom 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”
All means ‘all’. Love means the highest love, giving.
This is not the kind of environment where you just show up and pass tests and no other responsibility. There is a requirement in the House of God to the Word that is being spoken to you. There is a response of faith to the Word spoken, like a nod, or clap, or something to show you received it. There must be a receiving of the Word so that you can walk out changed. If you really believe this stuff, you become different. You have to believe.
We’re all victims of God’s plan. You go and tell Him your plan and He just laughs at us. It’s like a four-year old trying to tell dad what the vacation plans should be.
Is 55:8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.”
His understanding is better than ours. God has a plan.
Jer 1:5 “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.”
Jer 29:11 “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”
Revelation says that the Lamb was slain before the foundation of the world.
God is a master planner. His timing is different from ours. He’s on a different schedule than I am. His clock doesn’t go twenty-four hours. God doesn’t make mistakes!
Nothing is Impossible! God can’t fail. God has never lied. He can’t lie. When He says something, it’s true. God never says ‘Oops’. You can’t surprise Him.
He will let evil do evil and He will let us fall apart. Yet, He still has a plan. He has a will and it will come true.
Your plans are not His plans. His ways are higher than His ways. Your life is unfolding in the Master’s plan.
God is not trying to destroy your life. He is trying to develop your life.
Four wise men are singled out during a rough period in history recorded in the book of Daniel, Daniel, Hananiah (Shadrach), Mishael (Meshach), and Azariah (Abednego). (These were Hebrew and Babylonian names.) The king found that they were ten times better than all the magicians in Babylon. However, the king was carnal and arrogant. He liked himself so much he decided to build a 90 ft. statue of himself. He set up a band too. When the music was broadcast throughout Babylon, the people were to worship.
Notice that music promotes worship. Music is God’s plan. It’s not only in the kingdom of God. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego remembered what God had commanded. When the music sounded, they wouldn’t bow.
Daniel 3:4-8 “Then an herald cried aloud, To you it is commanded, O people, nations, and languages, That at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, ye fall down and worship the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king hath set up: And whoso falleth not down and worshippeth shall the same hour be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace.Therefore at that time, when all the people heard the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and all kinds of musick, all the people, the nations, and the languages, fell down and worshipped the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up. Wherefore at that time certain Chaldeans came near, and accused the Jews.”
The king gave them another chance.
Dan 3:16-18 “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter. If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.”
They still refused the second time.
Oh let the world be able to tell the difference between us and them!
Real men are strong against the world and weak (completely submitted) to the things of the Lord. We bow to God. We weep in His presence.
Back to Babylon: The king is so angry, he turned the heat up 7 times hotter. He had them bound (tied up) and thrown into the fire. The fire was so hot that the soldiers who threw them in died. All of a sudden, they got up and started walking around.
Dan 3:20-23 “And he commanded the most mighty men that were in his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, and to cast them into the burning fiery furnace. Then these men were bound in their coats, their hosen, and their hats, and their other garments, and were cast into the midst of the burning fiery furnace. Therefore because the king’s commandment was urgent, and the furnace exceeding hot, the flame of the fire slew those men that took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace.”
They were down and bound in the will of God. God is able to deliver them fire. He will deliver us from your hand (king), but even if he doesn’t deliver us from the flames, we still will not bow down. Promotion comes from the Lord. There’s binding and fire and discourse with kings.
Dan 3:24-25 “Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonied, and rose up in haste, and spake, and said unto his counsellors, Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? They answered and said unto the king, True, O king. He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.”
They were bound and down, then they were not just three, they were four walking, no longer alone. The fire was there to burn up the ropes, the chains. Yet, their hair wasn’t singed. Their skin wasn’t burned. God delivered them, through the fire.
Jesus is still in the fire. That fourth man didn’t come out. He stayed there. God has a way of burning the stuff that keeps you bound so that you can stand up loose in the midst of the fire.
Dan 3:26-30 “Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the mouth of the burning fiery furnace, and spake, and said, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, ye servants of the most high God, come forth, and come hither. Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, came forth of the midst of the fire. And the princes, governors, and captains, and the king’s counsellors, being gathered together, saw these men, upon whose bodies the fire had no power, nor was an hair of their head singed, neither were their coats changed, nor the smell of fire had passed on them. Then Nebuchadnezzar spake, and said, Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who hath sent his angel, and delivered his servants that trusted in him, and have changed the king’s word, and yielded their bodies, that they might not serve nor worship any god, except their own God. Therefore I make a decree, That every people, nation, and language, which speak any thing amiss against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, shall be cut in pieces, and their houses shall be made a dunghill: because there is no other God that can deliver after this sort. Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, in the province of Babylon.”
They were promoted and God was glorified. God has a plan for your life. Even if you feel bound up and everything is against you and you feel like your life is coming to an end, He’s got something good to work out in your life.
God has a plan for your life. He is a master orchestrator of situations and circumstances and will work it all out for you.
Excerpted from a sermon by: Anthony LoCascio.