The Heat is On

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Daniel 3:16-18 (NIV)
16Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to him, “King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. 17If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. 18But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”

Reflect

This is one of the most awesome statements of faith ever spoken! The Jews had been taken from Jerusalem and enslaved in Babylon where King Nebuchadnezzar was forcing them to worship a golden statue. Even though it meant certain death by being thrown into the blazing furnace, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego refused to comply.

Look at the passage again. They basically said: Listen King, here’s what we know for sure, our God is the All-Powerful and your statue is nothing. God has the power to save us from the furnace. But you know what, King, even if God decides not to save us, we would rather die than turn our backs on God and worship you.

What a great lesson from these faithful men of God! They didn’t know how this was going to turn out, but it seemed likely they were going to die in the furnace. Still, their loyalty to God was more important to them than life itself.

It’s easy to remain faithful to God when things are going well. It’s when the situation gets tough that our faith can start to get shaky.

Respond

Real faith is knowing that, whatever the circumstances seem to say, God is always the sure bet. How would your life be different if you had more faith in God? How can you go about making your faith stronger?

Relate

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