Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Sassy Struggles

“And who is the god who will deliver you out of my hands?”
Daniel 3:15b (ESV)

The story of Daniel’s three friends, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego has always been one that intrigued me. Imagine being separated far from your families and culture, finding yourself in a strange place you never imagined you would be, and having to learn new ways to live out your life. Isn't that a difficult concept to wrap your brain around? For military wives and others living overseas, it is part of their every day life.

When asked to bow down to a statue of Nebuchadnezzar, the ruler of Babylon, these brave men simply said, “No. We worship God alone.” While I will probably never be physically dragged in front of a gold statue and asked to kneel, I do face daily struggles in my life. And sometimes, these struggles get just as sassy as Nebuchadnezzar and begin to taunt me.

“Things are not going to come together this time.”

“Neither you nor your family will survive this season of struggle.”

“No one is going to deliver you.”

Here is the good news. My sassy struggles do not have the ultimate power over me. The United States military does not have the ultimate power over me. My husband’s next assignment or deployment does not have the ultimate power over me. None of these things have any more power over me than Nebuchadnezzar had over Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. Sure, they can create a lot of smoke and drama. But ultimately, I don’t have to listen to their sass because they have no ability to stand against my God. My Father has the ultimate power over me.

Begin fully persuaded that God had power to do what He had promised.
Romans 4:21 (NIV)

So which of your struggles is giving you some sass today? Remind yourself and that struggle that God has the power. :)