No Matter What…

Then an herald cried aloud, To you it is commanded, O people, nations, and languages, That at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, ye fall down and worship the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king hath set up: And whoso falleth not down and worshippeth shall the same hour be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace.

Shadrach, Meschach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter.  If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king.  But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.

Daniel 3:4-6, 16-18

This is the famous story of the Hebrew children and the fiery furnace.  As a child, I think that this story and the story of Daniel and the lions’ den were my favorite Bible stories.  As I have gotten older, they remain two of my favorites.

We all know this story.  Nebuchanezzar makes a giant golden image and commands all of the people to bow down to it at the sound of the music.  And most people, fearing the wrath of the king, do it.  But not Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.  They decide that they will serve the Lord and will not bow to the image.  The one thing I would like to take from this story today is their attitude:

If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king.  But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.”

That is courage.  Their statement reminds me of Job’s statement: “though he slay me, yet will I trust him.”  They believed God to the extent that they were willing to stake their lives on His deliverance.  They knew that He had the power to save them from the furnace.  And if He decided not to deliver them from the furnace, they were still not going to worship the kings idol.  No matter what God decided to do, they were going to follow Him.  That should be our attitude.  I will follow Him.  No matter what.

6 responses to this post.

  1. Thanks Ben

    I remember this from my childhood too. Back then I thought how brave they were… These days I pray God gives me the resolve to stand for Him this way whether it be before a king or my neighbour.

    Thanks for the reminder, Ben. Praying we’ll trust him enough to stand on His word.

    Steadfast
    ann

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    • This is one of those stories from childhood that gets even more imporessive as you get older. If I had a tenth of their resolve, it would be a great thing. What an example we have!

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  2. Ben, I love this story, too. I love that they trusted God no matter what happened. And then I love that after they are thrown in the fire, there is Jesus with them keeping them safe. Johnny Cash sings a song about this story called “The Fourth Man in the Fire.”

    Peace, Linda

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    • That is my favorite part of the story! Nebuchadnezzar’s shock when he sees a fourth man in the fire, and even he recognizes the “Son of God.” That is awesome!

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  3. Ben, thank you so much for sharing this today. I have a situation developing, like getting thrown into a fire that I have been in before . . .one I dearly don’t want to enter into again. But, if it means He will be glorified, I’m going to have to just trust Him and enter in. God bless you as you help us follow Him, no matter what.

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    • That is always tough to do. I’m sure it was terrifying to them as they got closer to the fire, but the Son of God walked with them in the midst of it. Keep trusting Him. We will be praying for you!

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