Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered and said to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. If this be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of your hand, O king. But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.”
The story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego is one of the most amazing in all of Scripture. Faced with death for not bowing before the king’s gods, they felt no compulsion to defend themselves. They knew that God could save them if he chose. But even if he didn’t, they wanted the king to know, “that we will not serve your gods….”
The furious king ordered the furnace heated seven times hotter than usual. The soldiers who threw the three Hebrew boys into the fire were killed by the heat. But King Nebuchadnezzar was amazed as he saw not three but four men “walking in the midst of the fire…not hurt” The fourth man, Nebuchadnezzar exclaimed, “is like a son of the gods.” God had sent an angel to deliver the young men.
For me, the deliverance, while crazy amazing, is not the coolest part of this story. I am struck by Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego’s undeterred commitment to obedience. They knew that God was more than powerful enough to save them, but they didn’t know if it was his will. Whether he saved them or not, they would not bow to anyone or anything other than God. That’s the life of obedience God calls us to.
Talking to God
Father, prepare me today for tough decisions tomorrow. Help me not to only choose obedience when it is in my best interest. Help me be willing to obey you even if you choose not to deliver me from the fire. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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