Daniel 3 1-30
I wanted to share a revelation I received this morning while pondering on the three Hebrew boys Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. This story gives us an extraordinary example of courage and trust in a situation where foreseeable consequences were looming. The three boys were given a mandate to bow down to the graven images and their response to this was an emphatic “no.” You have to understand who these three boys were and what they had been through. The three Hebrew boys were captives brought to Babylon. We would see later that this was a part of God’s divine positioning for their lives. They were taken away captives, brought to Babylon and given new names. So herein we have three boys who somewhat on the outside seemed like they have lost their identities. They were in a strange land, with strange names, and strange customs. Yet they knew who they were and knew that God didn’t lose His identity. He is still the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. You would think by going through something like this, one may pose the question to God,” Where are you?” It’s one disappointment after another, God where are you?? At this point, most of us would’ve quit. Some of us would’ve have bowed to our circumstances. It seemed that God had done nothing for them, but rejected them, but yet..they boldly told the king that “we will not bow” Our God is well able…how many times do we forget that. Even though things get rough, our God is well able and still faithful. Here they were standing between disappointment and doom, failure and death, they had just been through one ordeal and now this. They decided to trust God anyway, if I go down, then I go down but I will go down trusting Him. Can we say that about ourselves? God whatever you do, I want to be included. Do you know what you’re signing up for?
The scripture goes on to say that they were bound and led to the furnace, heated seven times hotter. Here is the revelation…sometimes we face situations when we simply tell God it’s not fair and we ask why us? God is saying, sometimes your furnace is hotter than your neighbors because to whom much is given, much is required. There is a deeper meaning to your purpose that requires the furnace to be heated 7 times hotter. If you notice that the Bible says that as they walked to the furnace the men that had bounded them dropped dead from the heat. God is saying that even before you go through your tests and trials, He has already delivered you, the things that have bounded you, have to let you go.. Your pride, and selfishness cannot survive through your trial. So then this leads us to a side of God filled with compassion. We have to understand that when they were placed in the furnace, God was already there. God is making it known, that He is not putting you through something that He isn’t already present in. Gods not showing up….He’s already there. No matter where you are right now in your faith, you may be between disappointment and doubt, God wants you to know that if you forget about your disappointment and look past doubt, You’ll see Him standing right there in the midst of your test, waiting to deliver you. I want to leave this passage with you…Hebrews 4:15 For we do not have a High Priest Who is unable to understand and sympathize and have a shared feeling with our weaknesses and infirmities and liability to the assaults of temptation, but One Who has been tempted in every respect as we are, yet without sinning. Remember, before you face it, Jesus already beat it. God Bless.