Well, God did what God does–He saved his chosen and showed their faith was justified. It had to be a little awkward for the king to politely ask these men to come out of the flames that had just killed his soldiers.
When they exited the furnace, they were, of course, untouched by the fire. Nebuchadnezzar was humbled, but, with great grace–he freed the men and submitted himself and his empire to God’s authority. They were promoted and God was glorified!
In our lives, our faith can do the same. As God’s word shows time after time, when we submit to God’s leadership, He protects, provides and prepares us for eternity. We may encounter severe trials and testing–but, He will not forsake us or dishonor His name. What’s more, the more consistently we promote God and our faith in Him, the more consistently He blesses and exalts us. Conversely, the more the world attempts to undermine and discredit Him, the more they are humbled and shown to be ridiculous.
We must simply continue to walk by faith and allow the Lord to complete the work He has begun in us. When He does, He will bless us and show Himself as the almighty God. Our enemies may think they have defeated us and dishonored God, but, in the end, He will show our choice to be right and His name to be above every name!
Merry Christmas and God Bless You
Then Nebuchadnezzar came as close as he could to the door of the flaming furnace and shouted: “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, servants of the Most High God, come out! Come here!”So Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego stepped out of the fire.
Then the high officers, officials, governors, and advisers crowded around them and saw that the fire had not touched them. Not a hair on their heads was singed, and their clothing was not scorched. They didn’t even smell of smoke!
Then Nebuchadnezzar said, “Praise to the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego! He sent his angel to rescue his servants who trusted in him. They defied the king’s command and were willing to die rather than serve or worship any god except their own God.
Therefore, I make this decree: If any people, whatever their race or nation or language, speak a word against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, they will be torn limb from limb, and their houses will be turned into heaps of rubble. There is no other god who can rescue like this!”
Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego to even higher positions in the province of Babylon.