Great Faith = Great Reward

Then these men were bound in their coats, their hosen, and their hats, and their other garments, and were cast into the midst of the burning fiery furnace.  Therefore because the king’s commandment was urgent, and the furnace exceeding hot, the flame of the fire slew those men that took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Aded-nego.  And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace.  Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonied, and rose up in haste, and spake, and said unto his counsellors, Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire?  They answered and said unto the king, True, O king.  He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.

Daniel 3:21-25

What an amazing story!  This story blows me away every time I read it.  These three Hebrew men had defied the king and refused to worship his idol.  They were willing to be thrown into the fiery furnace before they would bow their knee to Nebuchadnezzar.  They would die before they turned their back on God.  Imagine what these guys must have been thinking.

They were getting ready to be thrown into the fire.  It was so hot that it consumed the men who were throwing them in.  I wonder if they felt the heat as they got closer.  I can imagine them closing their eyes and maybe wincing as they were tossed into the inferno.  Then a strange thing happened.  They were not burned.  They were no longer even bound.  Their skin was not burning.  Not even their clothes were on fire.  I wonder what went through their minds as they looked at each other.  Then they saw someone else.  Even the pagan king Nebuchadnezzar recognized the fourth person as being “like the Son of God.”  As those men walked around in that fire, they literally walked with God.  I have to say that if I could be present for any of Old Testament miracles, that would be my pick.  Imagine walking in the fire, unhurt, with God Himself.

It took a great deal of faith for them to defy a king and to be thrown willingly into a fiery furnace.  But what a reward awaited them in those flames!  When God calls us to walk through the fires of life, we can rest assured that He will be there.

8 responses to this post.

  1. Great faith=Great reward… how true!!! But, how often do we want the result without the effort? What a challenge to just trust God. He really does know what He’s doing :).

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  2. Ben, this was so encouraging and comforting. I may not know what exactly is going to happen in the fire, but to know He will be there too . . .priceless! Thank you and God bless you! Your messages have really hit the mark with me. 🙂

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    • I’m glad they have been encouraging to you – it’s always hard to go into the fire, but after you get out, you can look back and see that He was there all the time. That is comforting.

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  3. Thank you, Ben

    ” He’s still in the fire”!! It gets hot sometimes but I have Company 😉

    Blessings,
    ann

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  4. Thank you for this one today!

    May I point humbly something out that was not mentioned?

    I did not notice until my last reading through the book of Daniel that Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego were said to be men at the time of this event, and not boys (verse 21). I was struck by the fact that they had remained faithful to God from the time they were taken to Babylon as youths; now they were men holding fast to their faith and their God after who knows how many years in this strange land.

    I found this thought an encouragement as I hear of so many people who, once they get older, decide to leave the fight when the prize is within their reach. May this encourage you, too, as you seek to serve the Lord with your life!

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    • I had never thought about that. Thanks for pointing it out- corrections have been made. 🙂 My wife and I were talking a while back about Daniel, and how he was actually an old man when he was thrown into the lions den. You always think about Daniel being a youth when he was taken captive, but the lions den didn’t happen until later in his life. He kept standing. I like how you can read the Bible a thousand times, but every time you read it, something new will come out that you’ve never noticed before. Now that I know that, you make a great point. You are never too young to serve the Lord and you are never too old to serve the Lord.

      Thanks!

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