The story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego has been a favorite of mine for a long time. It's always inspiring to see how it always turns out in their favor. They were saved from a fiery furnace! That's a supernatural movement of God and something that will always encourage me.
Although the full story is powerful, I wanted to highlight up to the middle of the story for a reason. Those three didn't know the outcome at this point in the story even though they had the faith that they knew the outcome. Specifically, verses 16-18 stick out to me. Here they are in the face of a great king saying he will throw them in a fire if they don't bow down to his idol. It's a simple request, but they know where they stand and who their God is.
Their response is that they know God will save them in response to their faith. Then, the most powerful part of the story happens, "But even if he does not, we want you to know, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up." That is faith: knowing who God is and not letting circumstance change that view of God. It's challenging. It's not easy, but the truth is God really is good and is worth having that kind of faith.
God, I just pray that you would give me the faith that Shadrach, Meshach, and Abdenego had. I pray that I would view you as good and for who you are regardless of the circumstances I'm in. Thank you for your goodness. Amen.
- Daniel Bailey