The story of Shadrach, Meschach, and Abednego is told in Daniel 3. They were three Jewish boys who refused to bow down to the King of Babylon, King Nebuchadnezzer. It wasn’t stubbornness or pride that caused them to break the law, but a deep conviction that they should worship no god but the Lord.
The furious king warns them that if they do not worship his image, they will be thrown into a fiery furnace and they respond, “If 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. But 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.”
Oh to have faith in God like these men. They know God will save them, but their love for Him is so true that even if that saving does not happen in this life, they still refuse to compromise on their devotion to Him.
The brave friends are seized and marched off to the fiery furnace, an oven so hot that the guards who escort them to the entrance drop dead. They are thrown in, trusting in the promises of God, and Jesus shows up. They are miraculously saved, gaining the king’s esteem and protection.
God doesn’t promise us an easy life. He doesn’t promise us a life without trials and fiery furnaces. Look at Job, look at Paul, look at Noah, and look at Shadrach, Meschach and Abednego. God loved all these people and yet each one faced immense troubles. What God does promise is that He will never leave us nor forsake us (Deuteronomy 31:6).
What fiery furnace are you facing today? Know this: whether it feels like it or not, you are blessed because of God’s promises. You are blessed because of what He did on that cross.
A promise is “a legally binding declaration that gives the person who receives it the right to expect or claim the performance of a specified act”. Trusting in God’s promises is not a case of “getting something from God,” rather it’s a case of claiming what Jesus has already done.
Determine today that you will not allow circumstances to cause you to waver in your faith and trust in God. Locate His promises in the Word and do not let them out of your sight (Proverbs 4:21).