The first thing you should know right out of the gate is this: Just because you’re a Christian doesn’t mean your life is going to be “easy, breezy lemon squeezy” as the kids say.
Let’s look at 4 things we can glean from the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.
#1. People will always try to throw you out of the position God has called you.
Here are three guys who were made to be administrators over the province of Babylon. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were just minding their own business when some high and mighties went to King Nebuchadnezzar and told on them. Their crime? Not bowing down to worship the king or his golden image. No, they would only bow down to the Lord Almighty.
#2. It’s not easy going against the crowd.
The Word of God is constantly telling us to throw off the things of this world. Which is ironic, because the world tells us to buy, kill, and steal for everything its got. Well, our three guys stood up for what they believed in and were ordered into a fiery furnace. Now, this wasn’t your run-of-the-mill household fireplace. This was a blazing furnace that was heated up to 7x the normal temperature. It was so hot (How hot was it?) that the big, strong, burly men who brought Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego to the furnace died from the sweltering heat.
#3 God will never leave us nor forsake us.
I wonder what was going through the minds of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. They knew God could deliver them. It’s their last words to the king before he sends them away (vs 17). But alas, they were cast into the furnace anyway. Another case of, “Oh well, guess it just wasn’t a part of God’s plan.” Uh, not so fast. God did deliver them immediately. Actually, He allowed them to go into the furnace.
You mean to tell me, God allows His people to suffer? Yep.
The thing is, while God may allow you to go through trials, He will not let you go alone. See, the king asked his advisers, “Wasn’t there 3 men that we tied up and put into the fire…Look! I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed, and the 4th looks like a son of the gods.”
Yeah, but do I really have to suffer?
#4 The furnace is your testimony.
When you come out of the fire, unharmed, people are going to be talking. There are so many people in this world that don’t have a way out of the fire. They don’t know the God of mercy and peace, hope, healing and deliverance. They’re going to ask you “What did you do? How in the world did you make it through that with nary a scratch?” And you will be able to tell them all the amazing things God did for you. Like Nebuchadnezzar, they will proclaim, “Praise be to God…”