Disastrous lack of faith

Today’s devotional from Ed looks at the three men facing death in the book of Daniel:

We are encouraged to be strong, I Corinthians 16:13; Ephesians 6:10. Even Nebuchadnezzar saw the wisdom in trusting the Lord, Daniel 3:28. A lack of faith is disastrous. Until we know for certain that we are in the hands of God, we will have little effect of the hearts of men.

This last sentence above leads us to seek greater faith.

Focus question: How do I draw courage from my faith? How do I develop a faith strong enough to help me face any challenge?

  • Faith, hope and love all bear an important relationship. Bro. Ed wrote about the three Israelites King Nebuchadnezzar decided to incinerate in the fiery furnace (Daniel chapter 3). Ed’s thought was this: “The driving force behind the command of the king was fear—fear of punishment.” Love destroys fear (1 John 4:18). If we love God and believe his word enough to obey it and store in our hearts the hope of eternity there is nothing to fear from the king or anyone else. Whenever we recoil from doing what is right because of some fear, it is because those three godly qualities are weakened by some unreasonable concern. Faith, produced by the reading and studying of God’s word helps us to understand what is right and how to do it. Hope helps us to want to do what God wants because eternity matters more than this old world. Love throws fear away by placing the its object, God and Christ, on the throne of our hearts. With strong faith, hope and love, there is no fear of anything in this world that can disturb our relationship with God. Without those three things, anything can.

What say you?