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Read Daniel Chapter 3

“In order to work safely and effectively during long hot summer workdays, certain precautions must be taken.” The Book of Daniel tells us the story of three young men and their willingness to stand up to the local authorities who went against what God had shown them they should do. When we are working in the heat of the summer, it is easy to go along with the crowd or the leaders and continue to work without taking into consideration the dangers of the heat we are working in. This can lead to serious consequences.

Because Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego followed what they knew was right, they had to face the consequences of their decision and were thrown into the fiery furnace. But God was there to protect them and to keep them cool in a very hot place. Sometimes we need to buck the establishment and do what is right and trust God to take care of us. However, this does not mean that we can continue to work in the heat of the day and expect God to take care of us. We need to take the appropriate safety precautions, such as resting and drinking plenty of liquids throughout the day. God will protect us when He needs to, but not against foolish decisions on our part.

Dan 3:17-18 “ If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and He will rescue us from your hand, O king. (18) But even if He does not, we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”

These three men were not making a foolish decision, but a decision based on the Word of God. Before you make a decision such as this, make sure you are doing what is right, not what you selfishly want.

God can protect you from a fiery furnace and He can protect you from the heat of the day, but don’t expect Him to protect you from heat exhaustion or heat stroke just because you know Him personally. Use the good mind and common sense He gave you and be careful to follow all the safety precautions when working in the heat of the day.

Kenneth Howe

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