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God Brings New Life Out of the Fire

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When you trust God in spite of suffering, you’ll point unbelievers to him.

“Praise be to the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who has sent his angel and rescued his servants! They trusted in him and defied the king’s command and were willing to give up their lives rather than serve or worship any god except their own God” (Daniel 3:28 NIV).

How you handle pain is a great witness to the world. When you trust God in spite of suffering, you’ll point unbelievers to him.

Frankly, you and I aren’t much of a witness when life is good. Anyone can serve God during those times. But tough times are a different story.

Remember the story of Daniel’s friends being tossed into the fire? They trusted God, and he rescued them in a miraculous manner.

These guys impressed the king with their faith. And the king was the most powerful emperor of that time.

The king said, “Praise be to the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who has sent his angel and rescued his servants! They trusted in him and defied the king’s command and were willing to give up their lives rather than serve or worship any god except their own God” (Daniel 3:28 NIV).

King Nebuchadnezzar recognized that these guys were willing to defy his order and risk death because they trusted God.

What are you willing to die for?

If you don’t know what you’re willing to die for, you’ll never truly live. You’ll only exist.

The same is true with us.

Sometimes God brings new life to others because they see us trust him through the fire.

Talk It Over

When was a time you drew closer to God by seeing someone else’s response to a time of suffering?

What are some things you’d be willing to die for? 

Why are we often a better witness in tough times than good times?

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This devotional © 2020 by Rick Warren. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

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