“Then Nebuchadnezzar said, “Praise be to the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who has sent his angel and rescued his servants! They trusted in him and defied the king’s command and were willing to give up their lives rather than serve or worship any god except their own God.”
The faith of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego was so deeply rooted in God that it enabled them to boldly stand tall and against the crowd when everyone else bowed. They knew the fate the king had in store for them as a result of their stand for God, but they were willing to put their faith to the test. A faith that’s tested by fire is a faith that can be trusted. Think about your life for a moment. Can your faith handle the fire you’re enduring? Maybe you’re enduring unanswered prayer, the loss of a loved one, or betrayal by another. These types of situations can rock the foundation of our faith and put our faith to the fire.
When you find your faith being tested by fire, there are three things to remember. First, obey God’s commands instead of man’s expectations. The king and his people expected Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego to bow, but instead they followed God’s command and stood tall. The second thing to remember is to believe God’s truth instead of the facts. The facts were Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego would be killed if they didn’t bow, but God’s truth said they would not be harmed for standing up for Him. Finally, believe God. Don’t just believe in God.
As you finish reading and praying today, ask yourself: How is my faith being tested by fire? What’s one thing I can do today to help me endure the fire with courage?