One of my favorite stories in the bible is Daniel 3. In essence, it’s about a king named Nebuchadnezzar that sets up a gold idol to be worshiped and served by everyone. While everyone else bows down to this image, there are three men that do not, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. These men refused to bow down and serve any “god” that was the Almighty God. The king had threatened to throw them into a furnace. Their response was:
“If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and he will rescue us from your hand, O King. But even if he does not, we want you to know that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”- Daniel 3: 17-18
King Nebuchadnezzar had them thrown into a furnace because of their disobedience, but he was in shock to find that Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were not burning and told them to come out.
They did not burn. God did in fact save them from the fire and they were perfectly fine. They trusted in God and did not listen to the king’s wishes. They were willing to give up their own lives than to serve any idol. They were pressured to deny God but instead they stayed faithful to him not matter the circumstances. I think the reason why I love this part of the bible so much is because it’s an example of what kind of faith we should have in God- faith and trust with our lives. He can save us from any situation that is not exactly in our favor, but even if he doesn’t the Lord is still good and sovereign. Be true to God no matter how difficult the pressure or punishment. God’s protection transcends anything we can imagine.