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. 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.
Then Nebuchadnezzar said, “Praise be to the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who has sent his angel and rescued his servants! They trusted in him and defied the king’s command and were willing to give up their lives rather than serve or worship any god except their own God. [Daniel 3:17-18; 28]
In this passage, we read the account of King Nebuchadnezzar erecting a massive golden image in Babylon for all people to worship. It was a display of power, wealth, and superiority, and all people were commanded to bow down or face the penalty of death. However, there were three Jewish officials who disobeyed these orders out of faithfulness to God. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were thrown into a furnace to die, but God redeemed them and the situation in a way only God could.
We can take this story, read it in amazement, and move on, but we would miss how personal God wants to take this message to you. Whenever you read scripture and you see God do something, you are seeing part of His character revealed. We see here that God is a deliverer, a redeemer, all powerful, and faithful to His people. It’s not just a crazy story; this is the character of God being shown.
One phrase rocked me when I read it, “the God we serve is able.” These three men of God believed to their core that God could and would supernaturally deliver them. I look at my anxieties and my worries and my fears, and honestly they are signs to me that I don’t actually trust God deep enough to find my peace in him rather than my circumstances. If I actually believed God would guide my life, why would I worry about my future? He’s got me. He’s got you. And He’s the God who is able to deliver you and help you.
Lastly, as we read the passage for today, I noticed that these three men of God said that even if God did not deliver them, they would refuse to worship the image of gold. The reason this stands out to me is because so frequently I find myself having a circumstantial faith. Meaning, I believe God is good because good things are happening in life. However, for these three men, they were dedicated to obey God even in the world where God might not supernaturally intervene.
I pray for us that we become people who believe that the God we serve is able. I pray this truth affects the way we live our lives and the way we think. Lord, we ask that you increase our faith in who you are. Amen