If our God Whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace. He will deliver us out of your hand, O king. But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image which you have set up,
You know, it takes great courage to stand in the face of your enemy and opposition and boldly make a confession like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego did. Let’s put ourselves in their position—You have a situation where you can choose to serve God or serve man/flesh. You may have to seriously contemplate what it is you are going to do. Are you going to trust the Lord?
These three men made their choice: they were going to serve God knowing that the end result could kill them. You know that once you make the decision to trust and serve God, this feeling rises up in you. You know you did the right thing. You know that our Father is pleased with you. You anticipate Him blessing you because you chose the right way—His Way! And what happens? You get thrown into the furnace! Hold up! This is usually NOT what we expect. We expect to be obedient and avoid the furnace! This is where we begin to seriously freak out. Our brain takes over and tells us we made the wrong choice. We could have bowed to the idol . . . what was the big deal anyway. We rationalize that our heart wouldn’t have bowed to the idol, just our body, and on and on. Perhaps we would be screaming on the way to the furnace, “I’ll bow! I’ll bow!”
Beloved, we have to know that when we obey God and choose to follow Him, we won’t always avoid the furnace. The problem isn’t always going to go away. If you only measure His faithfulness to you by the number of fires you avoid, you will miss Jesus altogether. Jesus wants you to see His salvation in the midst of the problem. Why? Because it will change the lives of others around you! There are others watching. They are expecting your problem to consume you and kill you, but Jesus has a far greater plan!
So if you have been standing on the Word of God and find yourself in the midst of a fire that you thought you were going to avoid: PRAISE GOD! He is about showing up and showing off!