The furnace was hot. Even a furnace seven times hotter than normal isn’t too much for God to handle. That’s what Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego experienced on that day long ago.
Standing Up For The Faith
The order went out that everyone must bow down before the King’s golden image or be thrown into a fiery furnace. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego had to decide if they were going to worship God or the golden image. They chose God. They decided to stand up for their faith but it would cost them big time. At least that’s what everyone thought.
What about us? If we were faced with the same question, what would we choose?
Even If God Doesn’t Save
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego refuse to worship the golden image, so they are brought before the king and he asked them if it’s true that they refuse to worship his image. He also asks what god will save them. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answer in this way:
“….If this be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of your hand, O king. But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.” (Daniel 3:17-18)
Notice that Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego know that God is able to save them but they don’t know if he will. Either way, they will not serve false gods.
There’s nothing God can’t do. He can rescue, save, or heal us from anything but it’s his choice if he will. Like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego let’s serve God alone no matter what happens in life.
King Nebuchadnezzar is angered by Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego’s response and orders the furnace heated seven times hotter than normal.
I wonder why the furnace is heated seven times hotter. Could it be that God wanted his power shown more fully? Maybe, I don’t know. It’s an interesting thought though.
Into the fire Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were thrown. What happened next caused King Nebuchadnezzar to question how many men were cast into the furnace, because he saw four people in the furnace. The fourth in his words “was like the son of the gods.” (v. 25) The king called Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego out of the fire and out they came without a singed hair or a whiff of smoke on them.
God is powerful beyond measure and he does save.
God Was Displayed
Because of what he saw King Nebuchadnezzar began to worship God. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego’s courage changed lives and God was displayed.
When we stand up for God, even in small ways, he is displayed.
There’s so much we can learn from this story. Like that God is a powerful and saving God. We are also shown how to courageously stand up for God.
I hope you were blessed!