Have you heard or read the story about Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego? In the book of Daniel chapter 3, a king named Nebuchadnezzar built a gold statute and he ordered everyone to kneel before the statue and worship it. When the music played everyone kneeled with the exception of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. King Nebuchadnezzar was made aware of this by some Babylonian fortunetellers, who saw this in a vision.
The king had the three men come forward and he told them that he was going to give them a second chance to worship the gold statue and if they didn’t, he would throw them into the furnace immediately. The king asked the three men “who is the god who can rescue you from my power?” Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego told the king that his threats meant nothing to them and they still would not serve the king’s gods or worship the gold statue. King Nebuchadnezzar was furious; he ordered the furnace to be turned up seven times higher than usual. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were fully clothed, bound, and thrown into the fiery furnace. The flames were so hot they killed the men who carried Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego to the furnace.
When the king looked into the furnace, he was surprised to see four men walking around in the fire, he recognized the fourth man as the son of the gods. The king went to the door and told them to come out but this time he addressed them as “Servants of the High God.” Everyone examined Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego and discovered the fire did not touch them. The king then issued a decree that all; any race, color, or creed, who said anything against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego will be ripped to pieces and their house will be torn down. The king was amazed by the rescue that God had pulled off. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were promoted by the king.
Going through trials, experiencing tribulations are all apart of life. When we are tested, we have to have the type of faith that Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego had. They knew God would rescue them. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego never wavered, they never showed fear, they stood firm with nothing but trouble in front of them. Even going into the fire, fully clothed and bound, the still remained calm.
As believers of God, it is important to take note of this. How we go through trials and tribulations is very important. Are your troubles written all over your face, are you easily agitated, are you worried, filled with doubt, or depressed? Can people look at you and see that you are going through something? When these behaviors are present it is due to a lack of faith. You have no doubt God is real and you know he can work out any situation but you are not sure if he is going to show up for you. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego weren’t sure either they said” But even if He does not”, this wasn’t doubt they were speaking though; they were still speaking in faith knowing that either here on earth or in heaven the would be rescued.
When you know God can and God will you walk differently and you talk differently. I had to learn this, I had to learn to trust God in all things. I had to believe that without a shadow of a doubt that I was going to be protected and rescued from whatever situation I was facing. Sometimes it was hard because I just wanted it fixed right now, I didn’t want to face the heat of the furnace, I didn’t want to get to the door. God has gotten me through many situations, even the ones I got myself into. Many trials we face are necessary, nothing God does is by accident and often times there are huge blessings on the other side. We just have to walk through the fire first.
In closing, others are watching us, you may not notice it but they are. As believers everything we do is on display. When people see me, I want them to look at me and see God at work just like the king saw God working on Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego behalf. I want them to look at me and say I want to serve the God she is serving. I want my children to know that faith makes all things possible. I can’t tell them to trust God and I worry myself sick every time something goes wrong. How we act in tough times is a direct reflection of our faith in God, stand firm knowing God can and He will rescue you from any situation.
Thank you for spending time with me and as always, your comments are always welcomed.