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Published on July 26th, 2016 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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Being Strong When Tested

Dr. Jed N. Snyder

The Bible speaks of an emperor who was an egomaniac. He ordered all residents of his empire to worship an image of himself. Disobedience was under the penalty of either by being torn apart by lions or burned to death in fire. Three men under great testing chose to die by lion than to worship this evil monarch. I wonder if we would have the courage of these men. God showed up! Please read the words of this evil emperor.

Nebuchadnezzar answered and said, “Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who has sent his angel and delivered his servants, who trusted in him, and set aside the king’s command, and yielded up their bodies rather than serve and worship any god except their own God. Daniel 3:28

It is a very unpleasant prospect to be burned alive in a fire. But for these brave believers, this prospect was better than disobedience to the Ten Commandments. Brave godly men will stand up under the test. They did not know in advance that they would be rescued, but they were willing to die. They passed their test with flying colors.

I remember as a teen in Pennsylvania that our youth leader challenged us to carry our Bible on top of our stack of books when we went from class to class. Now that does not seem like much of a test, but to a bashful teenager, struggling to fit in, it was real. God showed up and helped several of us in that group to let any who looked know that the Bible was important to us.

I suspect that your test may be more difficult than that teenage test. Will you trust that God will “show up” when you are tested? I hope so.

Happy passing your test.

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