November 26 Fireproofed

Photo by Marian Trinidad

Photo by Marian Trinidad

Daniel 2:24-3:30;  1 Peter 4:7-5:14;  Psalm 119:81-96;  Proverbs 28:15-16

“King Nebuchadnezzar made an image of gold, ninety feet high and nine feet wide…’Whoever does not fall down and worship the image will be thrown into a blazing furnace’…’Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego pay no attention to you, O King.  They neither serve your gods nor worship the image of gold you have set up.’

…Is is true that you do not worship the image of gold I have set up?  If you do not worship it you will be thrown immediately into a blazing furnace….

O Nebuchadnezzar…if we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and he will rescue us…But even if he does not, we want you to know, O King, we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.

Nebuchadnezzar was furious…He ordered the furnace heated up seven times hotter…commanded his soldiers to tie up Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego and throw them into the blazing furnace…and the three men, firmly tied, fell into the furnace.

King Nebuchadnezzar leaped to his feet and in amazement asked, “Weren’t there three men that we tied up and threw into the fire?  Look, I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed and the fourth looks like the son of the gods!”

Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, “Come out!”

And they did…unharmed, unsinged, unscorched with not even a hint of smoke on them.

“Praise be to the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego who 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 2-3, selected verses

I get goosebumps whenever I read this story of God’s fireproofing these three men who were willing to step into death rather than forsake the God they loved and served.

Faith protected them from not only physical flames but the fire of eternal damnation.

Faith protects us as we call upon the One who has the power to keep us from the eternal fires.  He also keeps us from succumbing to flames of temptation, fear, and unbelief when we face life’s trials:  illness, loneliness, joblessness, poverty, family conflicts, persecution, alienation–even success, abundance, and self-sufficiency.

“Those who suffer according to God’s will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good…and the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.  To him be the power for ever and ever!  Amen.”  1 Peter 5:10-11

Lord God, thank you for fireproofing us through the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.  To You be all glory, thanks and praise, now and forever!  Amen.

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