Lucy is a junior doctor who also leads worship at St George's, here is a story she recently shared at the 1830 service as a call to Worship. This story can encourage us an remind us of God's power.
"I’ve been thinking recently about the book of Daniel. In chapter 3, Daniel’s three friends, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego are told by King Nebuchadnezzar that if they refuse to bow down and worship his God, and image of gold that he created, he will throw them into the blazing furnace.
I love their response to this, which says:
“If the God we serve is able to deliver us, then he will deliver us from the blazing furnace and your Majesty’s hand. But, even is he does not, we want you to know that we will not serve your God’s, or worship the image of gold you have set up.”
Daniel and his friends had a faith that was real. Their faith was the basis of their integrity, and their lives. This led them to stand up to a powerful man, who everyone thought had power of life and death over them. However, they were prepared to put their trust in their mighty and powerful God. They knew that their God was powerful enough to save them from the blazing furnace. They also knew that their God was sovereign. It was His choice, and not theirs, or King Nebuchadnezzar’s choice, as to whether or not they lived or died.
We live in a world of uncertainty. I work as a junior doctor in Leeds, and I remember a few months ago speaking to a relative of a young patient who was very unwell. We were unsure of whether or not he would pull through. During this time, it felt like his life was hanging by a thread, so fragile. As a doctor, I could only promise his wife that we, as a team, would do everything we could to save him, but I could not offer a 100% guarantee that he would survive. Modern medicine is amazing. We have the ability to cure so many different diseases, to provide health, and to lengthen people’s lives. However, medicine is limited, and there are times when unexpected things happen, or when despite fighting for life, people die.
Being a Christian in healthcare gives me so much hope. Ultimately it is not us who are in control, but God is in control. He created all things. He holds life in his hands. In the midst of trials and hardships, when we may not understand what is happening, or when it doesn’t feel like God is in control, we can look to the truths and promises in the Bible, and trust that: God is bigger than any disease, any physician, any weakness, any uncertainty, and any stressful situation.
He is able to save us.
As Daniel and his friends experienced, He always has been. Way after Daniel, through Jesus, God displayed his ultimate power by raising Jesus from the dead. God has shown that His love for us goes all the way, even through the veil of suffering, of trials and of loss. There is nothing, in heaven and on earth that can separate us from his love. He promises us freedom, both now, and for eternity, to be the people he made us. Free to live with him in his kingdom. Therefore, in Jesus we can truly have confidence that ‘our God is able’."
'He is the image of the invisible God, the first born over all creation. For by Him, all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him, all things hold together.' Colossians 1:15-17