Most of us likely know of the fiery ordeal Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego faced when Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon, threw them into the furnace. But unless you’ve looked into the background of the story, you may miss what led up to that moment.
As told by Daniel, Nebuchadnezzar had erected a golden image some 90 feet high, and demanded that all of his officials bow in worship to it. Those who wouldn’t obey were threatened to be burned alive. Despite the risks, however, a few renegade Jews, namely Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego refused to bend their knee to anything other than God. When Nebuchadnezzar caught wind of it, he called for the three to stand before him and give an account. If they agreed to obey his command, they would be released. But, if not…
It is the reply of these men that I want us to focus on today: “King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. 17 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. 18 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.” (Daniel 3:16-18)
In this passage we see that they trusted in God’s power and they trusted in His plan. Their God (our God) is ABLE to deliver. There is absolutely no situation in which God is rendered unable. But even if He chooses not to act as we might wish, we can still trust in His plan for us as individuals, as families, as communities, as churches, and as nations.
Our God is able, and His plans are perfect – trust Him. –Dave
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