The furnace was hot already, yet the King ordered that it be heated up seven times more. He could not understand why the three young men disobeyed his orders. He could not understand why they chose their own God before the idol he made. They didn’t even attempt to explain it to him either, he wouldn’t understand afterall. They simply said: “King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.” (Daniel 3:16-18)
My friend was standing in front of a furnace called cancer. Unbelievers did not understand her faith. They did not understand that she could hold on to God even when healing didn’t come. God is bigger than cancer. He can heal it. She knew that. But even when He chose not to heal her, she still held on. Why? Because she knew God intimately.
The song sang at her funeral made it so clear. Her soul knew Him well. Her soul longed to be with Him. That is faith. Faith in front of a furnace. To have this kind of faith, you need to be intimate with God. You need to invest time into your relationship with God. An hour or two on a Sunday is not enough. You need to spend time daily, to build faith like she had. Only when you can sing a song like this and believe every word, are you on the right track.
Soon – Hillsongs