Belonging to God
We made a decision to turn our wills and our lives over to the care of God.
Our decision to turn our will and our lives over to God will be tested. By making this decision we set our lives at odds with the crowd. This will include most of our old friends and maybe even members of our family. We should expect some heat and not be shocked when it comes. But God will be with us in the fire, to preserve us and to bring us through.
In the book of Daniel we meet three young Jewish men who were taken captive and relocated to a strange land. They entrusted their lives to God and refused to worship the idols of Babylon. Their resolve was so strong that when they were threatened with death by fire they replied, "If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God whom we serve is able to save us. . . . But even if he doesn't, we want to make it clear to you, Your Majesty, that we will never serve your gods." They were promptly bound with ropes and thrown into the furnace. The king was amazed at what he saw then. "_'Look!' Nebuchadnezzar shouted, 'I see four men, unbound, walking around in the fire unharmed! And the fourth looks like a god!'_" (Daniel 3:17-18, 25).
God was right there, taking the heat with them. The only thing they lost by turning their will and their lives over to him was the ropes that had bound them. Those were burned up in the flames. When we're challenged because of our decision to turn our lives over to God, we can expect God to be there for us, too.
Nothing can bind us when God wants us to be free.