Experiencing God’s Protection

Driving home from Church yesterday, there is a 7 or 8 mile  narrow two-lane road with a speed limit of 45 miles per hour.  No passing the entire way is permitted.  There was a car ahead of me and a small truck pulling a small trailer ahead of it going anywhere from thirty to forty miles an hour.  All at once, behind me came a very large truck speeding and had to slow to follow this procession.  While watching him, I could almost feel his frustration and thought I needed to pray.  Often, I will find myself irritated at impatience like that but I knew I needed to see the driver as a child of God and know that God never made an aggressive bully!

The truck behind me sped out to pass all three of us and at the same time, the car ahead of me put on his blinker to turn and pulled out.  As he saw this large truck coming at him, he quickly returned to his lane and the truck just sped past.  There was such protection for us all and I knew it was God.  Had I been angry and bitter about this vehicle behind me, there could have easily been a crash and maybe even a fatal one from all of our positions.

Then the three Hebrew boys being thrown into the fire came to my thought.  Had Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego had fear, anger, or vengeance in their heart, possibly they would have perished.  Daniel 3:27 reads “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. ”  I feel sure that it was the gratitude and humility in their hearts that saved them.

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Three Hebrew Men

When Nebuchadnezzar had Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego thrown into the fiery furnace because they refused to worship his idols, they were protected and unharmed.  Due to their state of thought and their faith and trust in God, nothing could hurt them.  Daniel 3:27 reads, “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.”

That is just as true today.  When our thoughts are filled with love and trust in God, we feel no fear, but if our thoughts are filled with anger, hate and bitterness, Good is blocked out and we suffer.  As we grow spiritually and have challenges, we walk through fiery furnaces without even the smell of fire.  My prayer is to recognize God’s arms around me.

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