Daniel 3:16-18 (NLT) ‘Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego replied, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God whom we serve is able to save us. He will rescue us from your power, Your Majesty. But even if he doesn’t, we want to make it clear to you, Your Majesty, that we will never serve your gods or worship the gold statue you have set up.”
Now this story is a great example of unwavering faith! If you don’t know the story, please go read Daniel chapter 3 in the Bible. But here, we see the response of Shadrach, Meshach & Abednego, they were not going to bow down to a stupid statue, they were not going to worship anything or anyone other than the Living, Holy God! They were not bothered whatsoever by the king’s threats! So King Nebuchadnezzar is ticked and orders them to be thrown into the fiery furnace only he’s so angry, he orders it to be heated up 7 times hotter than normal! Stop here. Ok, I don’t know about you but I’d probably be crying, begging, pleading, snotting all over the place because hello, I’m about to be bound and thrown into fire, while I’m awake and fully alive! I can’t help but to wonder what was going on in their minds! What were they saying to each other if anything? Were they praying? Were they praising God? Or were they silent and stoic? Also, as I was reading, I noticed that as they got closer to the fire, the guards who’d bound them and led them to the fire, they burned and died but nothing was said about the heat from the fire affecting Shadrach, Meshach & Abednego! So now I’m wondering, when did the Angel of the Lord actually show up?! Shouldn’t Shadrach, Meshach & Abednego have burned from the heat too?
I’m reading this chapter in the Bible and I’m thinking of all the warfare I’ve experienced in the past few weeks and even hearing from friends who’ve been in a spiritual battle and wondering, how strong is our faith really? I know I’ve had several days where I’ve just wanted to quit and in my mind I did quit. But I’m not facing physical fire, no physical pain, nothing as dire as what Shadrach, Meshach & Abednego faced so why is my faith so shaky and conditional? Lord, this it too hard, I quit! Really Shannon!? Not only is this chapter making me check myself (insert eye roll here), I learned 4 key points about unwavering faith from our brothers:
- Standing in unwavering faith initiates God’s supernatural protection.
- Standing in unwavering faith brings godly promotion.
- Standing in unwavering faith draws others to God.
- Standing in unwavering faith brings God great glory!
In the ending of chapter 3 after seeing 4 figures walking around in the fiery furnace, the king was astounded! He had to question his guards to make sure that there were only 3 people thrown in to the furnace! The king goes to the furnace, calls for Shadrach, Meshach & Abednego to come out of the furnace and they don’t smell like smoke, there are no burns, not even a piece of hair was singed! He’d witnessed the miracle of God’s supernatural protection as a result of their unwavering faith and it drew the king to worship God and to promote Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego!
I don’t know about you, but I needed this kick in the butt today! God always gives us what we need when we need it. He knows when we need a gentle nudge or a firm push or kick in the pants to get us to stand while in the fire! Either way, He still gets the glory! I shall press forward to fulfill what He’s called me to do. I know the warfare won’t stop but I can rejoice knowing that by standing in unwavering faith, I’m protected, my faith is drawing others to Him, He will promote me and my unwavering faith will bring Him great glory! Hallelujah!
Be blessed & encouraged,
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