Daniel chapter 3 clearly shows faith and obedience to our Lord. King Nebuchadnezzar was a very powerful king of Babylon. He was so powerful he built a golden statue ninety feet tall and ninety feet wide and commanded everyone to bow down to this enormous statue when they heard the musical instruments. King Nebuchadnezzar commanded his people to serve his gods. If anyone refused to obey his commands they would be thrown in the blazing furnace. Everyone obeyed King Nebuchadnezzar. With fearful hearts his people bowed downed before the statue and worshiped a false god. Three Jewish men refused to bow down to the statue. When King Nebuchadnezzar heard of this disobedience he was furious. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were bought before the King. King Nebuchadnezzar gave them one last chance to bow down.
Daniel 3:16-18 Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God whom we serve is able to save us. He will rescue us from your power, Your Majesty. But even if he doesn’t, we want to make it clear to you, Your Majesty, that we will never serve your gods or worship the gold statue you have set up.” (NLT)
Nebuchadnezzar in his anger made the furnace seven times hotter. Then they tied up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego and threw them into the blazing furnace killing the guards because the fire was so intense. King Nebuchadnezzar saw a fourth man in the furnace protecting God’s children. These three men were never harmed. They didn’t even smell like smoke as they stepped out of the flames with their clothing untouched by the flames. Nebuchadnezzar was so amazed by their awesome God that he gave them a raise and commanded everyone to worship their God or they would be torn apart.
Through their faith and obedience, three of God’s children changed the faith of a whole country. In Daniel 3:16-18, these three men of faith showed no fear. Daniel 3:18 But even if he doesn’t (save us), we want to make it clear to you, Your Majesty, that we will never serve your gods or worship the gold statue you have set up. They stood on God promise and no matter what was going to happen they would have rather died than to worship a false god. WOW!!! This is awesome to me. I have always loved this story. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego did not get this awesome faith by going to church every other week and putting God last in their lives. They put God first in their lives. These three men were stronger than the powerful King Nebuchadnezzar and his entire army because of their faith and obedience. Our God is bigger than a blazing furnace seven times hotter. Lord thank you for this awesome lesson. I pray that the lilies and I walk with faith and obedience through the blazing furnace.