In the book of Daniel, we can read the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Like Daniel, they were captives in a foreign land. The leaders were trying to convince them to let go of their culture and embrace the culture of the land where they were living. One way of achieving this goal was convincing the boys to worship other things rather than the one true living God. The king made it a law that everyone had to bow down to an image of gold. Because Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego repeatedly refused, the king had the boys thrown into a fiery furnace, which was so hot that the heat killed the soldiers who threw the boys into the fire. The soldiers might have died, but Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego walked in the fire.
Recently my husband and I were teaching this story to some students who were imagining Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego becoming excited about the ropes being released and walking in the fire. As I sat there, I couldn’t imagine the feelings associated with walking in fire, but I don’t think that was what excited the boys the most.
While walking in the fire, they were walking with another being who looked like a “son of the gods” (verse 25). In my imagination, when the boys would retell this story over and over, they would be more excited about who they were walking with rather the fact that they were walking in fire.
The last five years have been hard, but I want you to know it is all worth it to have a greater understanding of who God is. I am sure that Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego felt the same way. If we hadn’t had difficulties in our lives, we would not have the same understanding of the God we serve.
The next time you are struggling. Remember that God often uses the hard times to reveal Himself in new ways.
If Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego was not thrown into the fire, they probably would not be able to walk with the spirit. If Lazarus had not died, he would have not be raised from the dead. If Jesus hadn’t endured the hard times, we couldn’t have salvation. Sometimes hard times come, so that God has the opportunity to show us his power.
Thank God for the hard times. In the comments section, I would love to hear about hard times in your life that God has revealed himself though.