Make It Count

Make it Count
Author: Hallie Selig

It's no secret that we're all on a journey. Individually and collectively. Each of us is walking a path designed just for us, and our paths are occasionally interrupted by trials (also no secret).

The other day I was looking through one of my journals from a couple years ago. I was going through treatment for cancer. I came across this entry, "God, make it count." Hmmm... I hadn't written, "God, make it go away," or "God, why me?" I wrote, "God, make it count." Let it mean something. Let it help somebody. Let it pull me closer to You...

Daniel 3 tells the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Talk about trial by fire, these guys were literally thrown into a furnace! King Nebuchadnezzar had issued a decree that when anyone heard the sound of "every kind of music" they must fall and worship the golden statue he had built. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were faithful to God, and therefore refused to worship the statue. The king became enraged, gave orders to heat the furnace 7 times hotter than usual, and had the 3 men bound and thrown in. He soon realized, though, that there were four men in the furnace (God with us as we go through our trials), and they were walking around!

Maybe the three men had asked God to make it count? Maybe they said, "We love and honor you God, and we're not going to worship that statue. We know there will be consequences, but please God, just make it count."

In verse, 28 Nebuchadnezzar exclaimed, “Praise to the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego! He sent his angel and rescued his servants who trusted in him. They violated the king’s command and risked their lives rather than serve or worship any god except their own God. 29 Therefore I issue a decree that anyone of any people, nation, or language who says anything offensive against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego will be torn limb from limb and his house made a garbage dump. For there is no other god who is able to deliver like this.” The King of Babylon gave praise to our God and issued a nationwide decree in His favor! God had made it count!

What if the men had bowed before the statue just because it was "easier"? What if, when we attempt to avert God's processes, difficult though they may be, we rob Him of the chance to "make it count" through us? Of course, He's God, and He could make things happen anyway, or work through someone else, but why wouldn't we want Him to work through us? Why wouldn't we be willing to be wrecked/broken/interrupted by God if it meant He could make it count?

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