The biblical account of the three Hebrew children, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, in the land of Babylon, is one that has always intrigued me and captivated my imagination.
Nebuchadnezar, the king, had erected a huge statue of himself and commanded all of Babylon to worship the image. In obedience to God, these three young men refused to bow and, because of their disobedience to the king, were thrown into a fiery furnace. Did God protect them from the heat of the flames? He most certainly did! The Bible says that God walked with them and they were unharmed. Yes, this is amazing, but this is the God we serve!
I’ve heard it said that Christians are like tea bags – you don’t really know their strength until they’re in hot water. We sure could use the type of strength, integrity and honor as these three captives possessed.
I hear young people say, “It’s hard to live for God in this generation.” I have never known a time when it was easy. Evil has always been on the rise, and society never has been for a Christian trying to live a dedicated life. These young men could have said, “When in Babylon, do as the Babylonians”, or “We’ll bow now but we won’t mean it.” However, they had a settled faith and they stood the test. Even if God had not rescued them, they still were not going to bow.
Perhaps today you are going through the fire of some trial. Please remember that God walks with us in the fire just as He does in the calm. May God help each of us to trust Him and give us the strength we need to move forward in this ever changing world. May He help us to be unmovable, steadfast, and always abounding in the work of the Lord.