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Archive for March, 2014

Daniel 3 – the blazing furnace

Do you remember reading or hearing this story of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in Sunday School or in a Bible story book? It is one of heroes of the faith and standing firm to the end even in the face of death. The focus of the story could easily be the three brave Jewish boys who refused to bow down to Nebuchadnezzar’s gold image regardless of his threat to throw them in the blazing furnace. Today I want us to focus instead on our God and what we learn about Him in this chapter of Daniel. Believe me I am not making light of their bravery and committment to God and love when they tell the King the God they served was able to save them from it and that even if He didn’t they still wouldn’t worship his statue. I don’t know if my faith is that strong and I hope I never have to find out.

When you read verse 25 who do you think the fourth man who looked like a son of the gods was? I am not sure. I don’t know if it was God Himself or one of His mighty warrior angels that He sent to protect them. I do know that God showed up in that furnace that day. Sometimes in God’s Word we see God though it isn’t written that He is there. In verse 28 Nebuchadnezzar refers to the person as an angel that God had sent to rescue them.

What are you facing in your life that is causing you to have to decide whether you will bow to it or trust God to save you? Do you need to go one step further and say, if He doesn’t I still won’t bow to that. That goes deeper and requires a believing He can, praying His answer is what we want but trusting His Almighty will in it. That is allowing to be thrown into the fire and it is really alright. I am so very glad I have a God who shows us in this chapter of Daniel that He can do anything. Even a raging fire in our life is not too big for Him. He can and does save us to His will and in His perfect timing and way.

What do you see in Daniel 3 about who God is? Do you know Him better after reading it. That is really what being in the Word is all about. I am praying for you and asking God to help you to grow in knowing Him. Enjoy spending time with Him and allow Him to be in that furnace with you. He is able to save you!!!!