Controlled Chaos

Azariah stood up in the fire and prayed aloud:

“For your name’s sake, O Lord, do not deliver us up forever,
or make void your covenant.
Do not take away your mercy from us,
for the sake of Abraham, your beloved,
Isaac your servant, and Israel your holy one,
To whom you promised to multiply their offspring
like the stars of heaven,
or the sand on the shore of the sea.
For we are reduced, O Lord, beyond any other nation,
brought low everywhere in the world this day
because of our sins.
We have in our day no prince, prophet, or leader,
no burnt offering, sacrifice, oblation, or incense,
no place to offer first fruits, to find favor with you.
But with contrite heart and humble spirit
let us be received;
As though it were burnt offerings of rams and bullocks,
or thousands of fat lambs,
So let our sacrifice be in your presence today
as we follow you unreservedly;
for those who trust in you cannot be put to shame.
And now we follow you with our whole heart,
we fear you and we pray to you.
Do not let us be put to shame,
but deal with us in your kindness and great mercy.
Deliver us by your wonders,
and bring glory to your name, O Lord.” Dn 3:25, 34-43

Shadrack, Mishack, and Abednego. This is the prayer Azariah, aka Abednego said while they were in the fire. Think about that for a moment, this person was in a walk in blast furnace, yet, still they got up and started to pray. This is one of the best prayers by the way, but they were all praying amidst the chaos that was going on all around them.

The flames were so hot that the people that were designated to throw these three in were killed. Yet, even through all of that, the devotion they had for God was still great. So, in our daily lives, are we like that of the three, where we can find time to pray within all the noise going on around us, or are we like the guardsmen, being consumed by the fire?

We do not have to be cast into a fire to have a need for God in our lives. It comes at us so fast and furious sometimes that we get so caught up in the moment we forget to step back and let God in to help us. We need to allow him to control the chaos going on around us, and let us be able to do the things we are being called to do with vigor and vivacity. All the flames and fury that surround our day, we need to take refuge in our God.

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