Deliverance from the Fire
“…12 But there are some Jews whom you have set over the affairs of the province of Babylon—Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego—who pay no attention to you, Your Majesty. They neither serve your gods nor worship the image of gold you have set up… 17 If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us[b] from Your Majesty’s hand. 18 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.”
– Daniel 3:8-30
In Daniel, we know the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. We know that they did not conform to the world and all that they were required to do from the King Nebuchadnezzar. We know that they put their full faith and trust in the Lord, regardless of the outcome. They stood their ground in their faith. How many of us can say we do the same?
On social media, I see posts from friends who claim they are believers, but their actions do not always back that up. I’m guilty. We are all guilty of this at times. Recently I saw a friend’s post which said “Is your walk with the Lord leading people to Jesus or away from Him? Be honest with yourself, just because you love Jesus, doesn’t mean you’re living for Him”. It was convicting to be asked that and to reflect on my own life. Did I respond to that person lovingly? Or are my actions showing others the gospel? I pray that I do, but in reality, I’m a sinner and I will never be perfect. I think back to this Bible story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego and think wow “they literally walked through fire to stand up for their faith and there was no question on whether or not they had a relationship with Christ. I mean, they went into the fire without knowing if they would come out alive or not. Verse 18 says “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.”
I want that faith daily in my own life! To know that I trust the Lord fully and wholeheartedly to walk through fire and not conform to what the world is telling me to do. It is time to wake up! I pray that I am exposed to my own sinful ways, how I may not be trusting the Lord, and just following my own plan. I mentioned social media because it’s a HUGE influence in our lives. You can’t log on to a social media app without seeing a person claim to be an influencer. It can be dangerous to blindly scroll and interact without guarding your heart to what the devil is trying to convince us is right. We can fight back with prayer and know what scripture says. We know that the truth only comes from God and what we read from His Word.
Pray that the Lord reveals to us our sin and that we can repent and ask for forgiveness. Pray that our hearts and eyes will turn to Jesus. Pray that we choose to follow the Lord’s plan for us each and every day. Pray that when our faith is tested, we have the boldness and faith like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Pray for opportunities to share your faith and to have your actions exemplify the gospel.
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