The story of Shadrach, Meshach andn Abednego being thrown into the fiery furnance became clearer for me the other day.
For we all know that when we desire to purify something, you add heat. You let it boil, you melt it, you liquidfy it or you do something of the sort in order to purify it. But the main point of adding heat is for things to become pure and refined.
Even when gold is being refined it is heated.
When sacrifices were being burnt as offerings up to God, they were heated on an alter.
We are the same. When we ask the Lord to purify and refine us, we will go through trials in order to remove all the impurities and clease us.
Don’t get off the alter when it gets too hot as Todd White said during one of his sermons.
It is easy to run away when we face something that might seem to hard for us to handle, or a matter of fact, when we know it will bring up the very things we don’t want to deal with, to let go or to part with.
Back to the story of those three men.
They wouldn’t bow down and worship the golden image that their king Nebuchadnezzar made. They decalred that,
“If this be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliever us from the burning fiery furnance, and he will deliever us out of your hand, o king. But if not, be it known to you, o kng, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.” (Daniel 3:17-18)
The king was furious when he heard those men say that, and commanded that the fiery furnance be turned up seven times hotter than usual and the men be thrown into it. The kings guards were actually killed when they threw the men bounded in, because of how hot the furnance was, the flames scorched them.
Yet when the king looked in, astonished he said, “Did we not cast three men bound into the fire?” They answered and said to the king, “True, o king.” He answered and said, “But I see four men unbound, walking in the midst of the fire, and they are not hurt and the apperance of the fourth is like a son of the gods.” Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the door of the burning fiery furnance; he declared, “Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, servants of the Most High God, come out, and come here!” Then Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego came out from the fire.” (Daniel 3:24-26)
This story gives me hope.
Their story builds my faith.
It shows how faithful, how great and merciful our God is.
For He didn’t just bring them to a place where He would abandon them, no, He walked through the fire with them.
And that is exactly what He will do with you.
Although sometimes you pray, seeking to get a way to escape and flee-sometimes the Lord will use the very thing you don’t want to go through as a way for Him to be glorified and you to be refined and brought through victorious.
For I could imagine that when those three men stood there, claiming that their God could deliever them and yet when they were being thrown into the fiery furnance, maybe, even for a moment, they couldn’t believe that they were going to die…that their God did not come through because maybe they saw their delieverance as something different than what God did. God intented them to go through the fire, but He would walk it with them and bring them out untouched by what man tried to destroy them by.
In your own life, whatever you are seeking the Lord to deliever you from, seek that His ways and His Will, may be done. For although it may not look as you thought it would or it isn’t planning out as you prayed it would-trust in the Lord. For His ways are always greater and His ways will bring forth a life of stronger faith.
For it is through going through the fiery furnance that we are refined, that we are stripped of our flesh, piece by piece and our dependancy for the Lord becomes greater.
Learning to abide in the Lord, may not be easy, but know that He walks with you.
My friend, do not be afriad of going through the refiners fire, fear not going in it-for it is better to walk in the ways of the Lord than submit to mens foolish ways that lead to death.
“And be not afraid of them that kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”
I praise the Lord that He does not lead us somewhere to walk alone, but walks with us. He keeps His hand steady upon us when we walk in His ways. For faith is standing even when others run-it is standing even in the midst of opposition, trusting in Him who has called you His own. For He will strengthen you. He will lead you victorious, but to be lead out, first we must follow Him in, trusting in the process.
Be encouraged, you are in the hands of a Mighty God who can do the impossible.