Rev. Lon Lorton

September 10, 2017

Daniel 3:13-18

“Not again!  Where is God?!”

  • Have you ever wanted to fire God?

Three options when faced with your fiery furnace circumstances (from Tim Keller):

  1. Try to get around it.
  2. Try to run through it as fast as you can.
  3. Just lie down in the middle of it, and give in.

A fourth option is offered by God:

  • “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you.  When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned.”  Isaiah 43:2

We keep walking – one step at a time.

Tragedy reminds us that the future is known only to God.

  • Is our trust then, in the only One who knows, or do we try to maneuver our own way, or do we give up?

If it truly is a “we thing” (a Christian community living together),

  • There are ways God has designed for us to get through trials stronger together.
  • Tragedy has the potential to bring our hearts together in Christ’s love.