If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. – Daniel 3:17
Meditation: During the Babylonian Empire, King Nebuchadnezzar II was one of the most powerful men in the world. He reigned an empire that covered modern day Israel, Iraq, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, and portions of Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey. His 43 year reign brought peace and prosperity to an area torn by years of civil war. His capital of Babylon hosted the hanging gardens, a famed landmark consider a wonder of the world. Wealth and armies were his to command, and like many warlords, the king was drunk with power.
The Book of Daniel tells us how Daniel and three of the prophets closest friend were appointed places in the king’s court. These faithful men resisted the influence of the Babylonians, and they testified even in captivity of the God in heaven (Daniel 2:28). Because God favored these men, they prospered even in this idolater’s court.
When the king erected a huge idol and demanded worship of it, some of the king’s loyalists noticed that the Jew refused to worship the idol, and they plotted to ruin them. Telling the king of their refusal, they created a situation whereby Nebuchadnezzar would eliminate them. However God had something else in mind.
When Nebuchadnezzar confronted Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego about their refusal to worship the idol, he threatened to burn them alive. These men refused, saying, “If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king” (Daniel 3:17).
They trusted that the Lord would deliver them either in this life or the next. They would not forsake Him now, and God honored their devotion with a miracle.
Call to Action: Looking at your own life, have you been confronted for your faith? Have you refused to bow to cultural influences or have you given in? Your answers may impact your whole life.
Because Daniel’s friends refused to bend to the influences of the ungodly, they were save by the Son of God. We must stand against those who attempt to pull us down. Only by faithfully demonstrating the Truth through our words and actions can we help to shape the future. Do you trust the Lord with your life? He is able.
The Son of God is still saying the church from the fire. Will you trust Him?