Chronicled in Daniel
Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah were three seemingly ordinary men. The chief of the eunuchs renamed them Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego. They were still fairly ordinary, just with flashier names. They did oversee the affairs of Babylon, but lived relatively uneventful lives…until King Nebuchadnezzar had that hunk of gold built. Then, something happened that Hollywood couldn’t have scripted any more perfectly than the reality that took place.
The king had a golden image built and sent for every dignitary in Babylon to come and dedicate it. At the dedication, Nebuchadnezzar sent out a command that, each time a symphony of music played, everyone must fall down and worship the image. If anyone failed to worship, he would immediately be cast into a “burning fiery furnace.” And, so it went. When the music played, the people dropped and worshipped; that is, with the exception of those three “ordinary” guys.
When word got back to Nebuchadnezzar of the trio’s disobedience, he was incensed. How dare they disobey the word of their king! The ruler had them brought before him immediately and admonished them, “Now if you are ready at the time you hear the sound of the horn, flute, harp, lyre, and psaltery, in symphony with all kinds of music, and you fall down and worship the image which I have made, good! But if you do not worship, you shall be cast immediately into the midst of a burning fiery furnace. And who is the god who will deliver you from my hands?”
Undaunted by Nebuchadnezzar’s stern warning, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego never backed down. “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king. But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up.”
Our three “ordinary” heroes were thrown into a fire that was so hot, it killed the men who threw them in. Yet, when Nebuchadnezzar checked the furnace, he was astonished to find the four of them unbound and unharmed. Wait…four? Back up. I thought there were three of them. Well, three men were thrown into the furnace. The fourth one, whom the king said the form of was “like the Son of God,” had met them at their place of peril and rescued them from certain death. God made a way where there seemed to be no way. Man may say your situation is impossible. With God, all things are possible to him who believes.
So, how do we triumph in the mist of trial? Stick to your convictions and God will take you through the fire to victory.