Against The Fiery Furnace

Posted: June 6, 2016 in Journals

“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. But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.” (Daniel 3:17-18)

The decree of the King at the time of kingdoms is the ultimate law. His word is your fate. You do not refuse it, or you pay with your life. If he tells you, “Kneel,” you shall bow the knee. If he tells you “Serve me,” refusing him would mean death. And if you are found to be serving another king, another ruler–that would be treason, to be rewarded not only by your decapitated but probably also death of your loved ones. The king’s word is law. Yet, these faithful men of God chose to stand their ground and decided to not bow down to Nebuchadnezzar’s golden idol. They knew beforehand that they would be pressured into compromising. They did not shy away. They did not run. Neither did they yield. They stood firm and glorified God.

Who is your Nebuchadnezzar? Who pressures you into bowing down before an idol? Family? Friends? What is your golden image? What snares you to worshiping anything other than the Lord? Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego remained steadfast in serving their King, the LORD. They did not budge when another king demands submission from them, because they know who they serve. Who is it that you serve?  Who do you bow down to? If you claim it is the Lord, are you faithful and steadfast? Would you be willing to go through your own fiery furnace, through your own affliction and suffering, for the sake of His name? In Nebuchadnezzar’s fiery furnace, the Lord granted immediate deliverance. But the three men of God knew that not. Still, they chose to serve God. Would you do the same? Would you serve God, even when you see no deliverance? The Lord, at times, do let His children die in their afflictions. Would you be willing for that? Where does your loyalty lie–in God, or in the preservation of your life?

I pray, let all who see me find me FAITHFUL to you, Lord. Let me not fall down in any other carven image. Let me not worship any other. Give me the strength to face bravely any fiery furnace waiting for me, to test my faith. Give me a pure heart, oh God. And “give the zeal and give the might for Thee to toil, for Thee to fight.” Let me have no one to drive me to compromise. Make me stand firm.


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