Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to him, “King Nebuchadnezzar… if we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it. But even if he doesn’t, we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”  Dan. 3:16-18

Heavenly Father, it’s quite obvious. These three friends didn’t worship you as a “Sugar Daddy,” but as a Sovereign Father. It was a “no-brainer.” They would rather come “home” by the fire, than worship a false god just to escape the fire.

We want to know and love you with that kind of humility, trust, delight, Father. By the Gospel and your Spirit, make it so. We want to worship you before there’s a “fire,” in our “fires,” and after the “fire.”

Because of Jesus, such a longing isn’t wishful thinking. Jesus wasn’t just the fourth man King Nebuchadnezzar saw walking around in the fiery furnace (Daniel 3:25); he is our faithful Savior who endured the fiery trial of the cross for us.

No matter the temptations, trials, or traumas of 2021—Jesus is with us and for us. This side of the new heaven and new earth, life won’t be crisis free. But it will never be Christ-absent. We’ll never experience a Christ-less fire, or day. Hallelujah! May Jesus’ beauty, grace, and peace keep us centered, in every season of life—including this season. So very Amen we pray, in his loving and near name.