Scripture Reading: Daniel 3:8-18
“Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered and said to the king, ‘O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. If this be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us out of your hand, O King.'” (Daniel 3:16,17)
Most of us remember the story of the fiery furnace in the book of Daniel. In his arrogance, King Nebuchadnezzar made an enormous image of gold as an idol to himself. He ordered all of his subjects to worship the image when they heard the sound of music — “You are commanded, O peoples, nations, and languages, that when you hear the sound of the horn, pipe, lyre, trigon, harp, bagpipe, and every kind of music, you are to fall down and worship the golden image that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up. And whoever does not fall down and worship shall immediately be cast into a burning fiery furnace” (vs. 4-6).
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego refused to worship the image. They honored their God and refused to give way to idolatry. Certain Chaldeans, who were jealous of these Jews because they had been promoted to high positions in the government, “came forward and maliciously accused the Jews” (v. 8). When the king was informed of the matter, he became furious and ordered that Shadrach, Mechach, and Abednego be brought before him.
These three faithful followers of God were not afraid of the king. Instead, they put their trust in God. Notice what they said to the king — “If this be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us out of your hand, O King” (v. 17). They knew that God was far more powerful than King Nebuchadnezzar and that He was able to deliver them both from the fiery furnace and from the oppression of the king.
When we face difficulties, trials, and overwhelming challenges, we must remember that our GOD IS ABLE to deliver us from them. His power and grace are unlimited. He can do more than we can imagine — “Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly than all we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen” (Ephesians 3:20). Our omnipotent God will work in us and He will give us the strength to endure. In the end, we know that He will deliver us from all our troubles.
All powerful and merciful God, I know that You are able to do more abundantly than all I could ask or think. I have seen Your powerful hand at work in my life. When I face difficulties, trials and overwhelming challenges, I have nothing to fear, for You are able to give me the strength to endure and ultimately You will deliver me.
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