Last week I talked about how we can feel like we are under fire from lots of different areas in our life. It could be health related, work related, financially related, or lots of different things. But, what if you are supposed to go through the fire? What if instead of always trying to put out the fire, you are supposed to walk into the fire and make it out on the other side? I have heard Luke 17:6 quote many times, over and over again. And, I have taken comfort in the fact that if my faith was just as big as a mustard seed then I could do all things. I could move mountains!
6 He replied, “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you.
But, this week, I have been reading in the book of Daniel and it makes me realize that my faith might not be big enough. I can’t help but wonder how I would react to the situation that Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego found themselves in. First off, I am a rule follower. I try my best to obey the laws, and I do what I am told when I am given a task. In Daniel 3: 4-6, you find that King Nebuchadnezzar had built an image of gold and he issued a decree.
4 Then the herald loudly proclaimed, “Nations and peoples of every language, this is what you are commanded to do: 5 As soon as you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipe and all kinds of music, you must fall down and worship the image of gold that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up. 6 Whoever does not fall down and worship will immediately be thrown into a blazing furnace.”
But, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego refused to worship anything other God. This was immediately brought to King Nebuchadnezzar’s attention. The King tried to give the men another opportunity but they basically told him a big fat NO! The King was furious and ordered the men to be thrown into a furnace. But, first, he fired the furnace up 7 times hotter than normal. Let’s just stop for a minute here. I can’t imagine the horror I would feel at the idea of being burned alive. Would I have caved? Would I have had the faith needed to see me through this? I honestly don’t know. We know the outcome but they were facing death square in the face.
24 Then King Nebuchadnezzar leaped to his feet in amazement and asked his advisers, “Weren’t there three men that we tied up and threw into the fire?” they replied, “Certainly, Your Majesty.” 25 He said, “Look! I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed, and the fourth looks like a son of the gods.” 26 Nebuchadnezzar then approached the opening of the blazing furnace and shouted, “Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, servants of the Most High God, come out! Come here!” So Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego came out of the fire, 27 and the satraps, prefects, governors and royal advisers crowded around them. They saw that the fire had not harmed their bodies, nor was a hair of their heads singed; their robes were not scorched, and there was no smell of fire on them.
Don’t you love the first verse? “Weren’t there three men that we tied up and threw into the fire?” The Lord was with them. He shielded them from the flames and not a hair on their heads was singed. They had faith and it was waaaaaay more than a mustard seed. The went into the fire and made it out on the other side.
I don’t know the fire that you are in or the one that might be coming your way. But, never forget, the Lord is with you, even when the flames are all around. Have faith, maybe you are supposed to go “through” the fire.
Have a Blessed Day!