I love the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in Daniel 3 of the Bible. These three men made a decision that had enormous consequences.
They were ordered by King Nebuchadnezzar to worship a golden statue he had set up. If they refused to bow and worship his idol, they would die for their disobedience.
They chose to disobey the king. The backlash to their decision was that they were immediately ordered by King Nebuchadnezzar to be thrown into a fiery furnace. The king was so angry that he even instructed the furnace be heated seven times hotter than usual.
When they were thrown into the flames, the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego saved them. The King jumped to his feet because he could clearly see four men walking around in the fire. That was as I would say, “Unreal!”. How could there be four men walking around in the fire when only three tied up men were thrown into it?
Can you imagine what it would have been like to be in that fire! To be thrown into the fire, to be alive and not burning, to have your chains fall off, and then for God to join you – that would make any person dance for joy in the fire! I would look at my hands and feet and laugh and dance! Even more incredible would be that my God joined me in the fire!
Here is what the Bible said King Nebuchadnezzar’s response was:
Then Nebuchadnezzar went to the opening of the blazing furnace and shouted, “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, come out! Servants of the Most High God, come here!”
So Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego came out of the fire. When they came out, the governors, assistant governors, captains of the soldiers, and royal advisers crowded around them and saw that the fire had not harmed their bodies. Their hair was not burned, their robes were not burned, and they didn’t even smell like smoke!
Then Nebuchadnezzar said, “Praise the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Their God has sent his angel and saved his servants from the fire! These three men trusted their God and refused to obey my command. They were willing to die rather than serve or worship any god other than their own.
So I now give this command: Anyone from any nation or language who says anything against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego will be torn apart and have his house turned into a pile of stones. NO OTHER GOD CAN SAVE HIS PEOPLE LIKE THIS.” (Daniel 3: 26-29 NCV)
The God of the Bible has not changed. He is the still the same God. No matter what fire you are thrown into God will immediately free you and join you in the fire – you can dance in the fire! You will dance in the fire!
There is always a battle in our minds – fear, doubt, and uncertainties try and rule us. Those thoughts are lies! The truth is God’s Word! The real truth is that God will join you in any fire you are thrown in and you will dance in the fire!