The story of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, a favourite for so many reasons. Three men who had well grounded hope and persuasion of deliverance because of the former testimonies of God’s power and goodness in their lives and in the lives of the other captives in Babylon. There was more though – they considered the glory of God and they put that up against the king’s defiance of God and his blasphemy against Him. Hard to believe that God would not take notice.
This story found in Daniel 3 gives us warnings, but most of all it gives us hope in the One who will ultimately save us from the presence and power of sin.
Main principle – God’s power is released through faith. There is little hope of enjoying God’s power in full display if we do not expect Him to release it.
Shame that we look at our trials of life as something we dream or wish God will deliver us from – because it is something we can definitely hope on.
Many are the afflictions of the righteous,
but the Lord rescues them from them all. – Psalm 34:19
Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego had a big God – a God who could do anything – they offer us strong optimism at a time when hope might seem gone.
The clash between the power of God and the forces of the world; deliverance from an unjust death at the hands of the empire; a miraculous “son of god” not bound even by death; hope for physical restoration and resurrection — these are some of the thematic links connecting Daniel 3 and Easter.
God is in control even when His people are suffering and in their faithfulness God’s power moves. It gives us the ability to thrive now, and a bright hope for the future. It gives us meaning today and a role of promise tomorrow.
Now if you are ready when you hear the sound of the horn, pipe, lyre, trigon, harp, drum, and entire musical ensemble to fall down and worship the statue that I have made, well and good. But if you do not worship, you shall immediately be thrown into a furnace of blazing fire, and who is the god that will deliver you out of my hands?” Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to present a defense to you in this matter. If our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the furnace of blazing fire and out of your hand, O king, let him deliver us. But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods and we will not worship the golden statue that you have set up.”– Daniel 3:15-18