Tuesday of Lent 3, March 6, 2018 Daniel 3:28-30
Three Hebrew youths who did not obey the idolatrous king’s command were delivered because God’s angel protected them. You have God’s promise that “He will command His angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.” (Psalm 91:11) You can be sure that his angels are watching over you at all time. 1
These Hebrew boys were never promised that the Lord would spare them. They knew God was able to intervene. Yet it was not given to them that deliverance would come. It did not matter. They were willing to suffer and face even death if the Lord would not adjudicate their situation.
Presently we are living in a safe haven. We are free under the law to practice our faith. But that freedom is never certain. Thus we pray, in the words of the hymn, “Give Thy Church, Lord, to see, Days of peace and unity.” 2
Hymn: Not All the Blood of Beasts (LSB 431:4)
My soul looks back to see
The burden Thou didst bear
When hanging on the cursed tree;
I know my guilt was there
Heavenly Father, I entrust my life into Your loving hands knowing that You care for me always.
O Lord, we beseech You mercifully to hear us; and grant that we, to whom You have given a fervent desire to pray, may, by Your mighty aid, be defended and comforted in all dangers and adversities; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen. 3
1. Lutheran Study Bible, © 2009 Concordia Publishing House, St Louis
2. O Lord, We Praise Thee, stanza three Lutheran Service Book © 2009 Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis
3. Collect for Tuesday of Lent 3, http://www.liturgies.net/Lent/LentenCollects.htm