Daniel 3:26 "Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the mouth of the burning fiery furnace, and spake, and said, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, ye servants of the most high God, come forth, and come hither. Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, came forth of the midst of the fire."
Stress is going to happen in our lives. We cannot stop it. But when we use that word it dishonors the Lord. The way we handle stress will make a world of difference. If we don't handle it right...it will drive a person to wrong source. It will drive us to the bottle...drugs...or divorce court. That dishonors the Lord. Stress and trouble should drive us to the Lord.
We know a pastor and his family that are going through one of the worst times in a person's life. Their son who was 23 years old had been going through a very difficult time in his life. He is married and has a child. Things had gotten stressful for him. He chose to take his own life on Thursday morning in front of his own mother. She had to witness him putting a gun to his head and pulling the trigger and killing himself. Suicide does not honor the Lord. That is not the way God intended for him to handle his stress.
Nebachednezzar put the three Hebrew children in the fiery furnace. He meant it to punish and destroy them. But those young men trusted God. When Nebachednezzar looked into that fiery furnace...he saw a fourth Man in the fire. Those young men could not see Him...but he was there.
God is not glorified when husbands and wives fight and go to divorce court or when children go wayward and the parents get out of church as a result. God will bring us out of our troubles!!
When we are in the midst of our troubles and we speak of the goodness of God...that honors the Lord. How are you handling your stress? Be mindful of how you are handling it...others are watching and listening. It is our choice if we honor or dishonor Him in the midst of our troubles.