Facing the Furnace

In the book of Daniel, there is a story about three guys who stand up for their beliefs with strong enough convictions that they are willing to do die for their faith. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were unwilling to bend down to a large gold statue, to worship another God, so they broke the law put in place by the King. While being threatened to be thrown into a fiery furnace, they stood in the face of King Nebuchadnezzar willing to say “the God we serve can rescue us from your roaring furnace and anything else you might cook up, O king. But even if he doesn’t, it wouldn’t make a bit of difference, O king. We still wouldn’t serve your gods or worship the gold statue you set up” (Daniel 3:17-18).

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were thrown into the furnace, and only moments later the King noticed that there was a fourth man in there and they were all walking around unharmed by the flames. He ordered they come out, and the King suddenly had a change of heart and mind and commended the three for their faith.

They were willing to risk their lives for their beliefs, their faith, and the love for their God. I admire them for this. It is so easy to know God but it’s a whole other thing to live God out to others. That has been a huge challenge for me as I learn more about missional living. There is so much more than reading the word and have theological discussions/debates with brothers and sisters in Christ, there is the concept of living out this faith. The idea that when you go about your daily activities or when you’re working people will notice that there is something different, something more. I can only hope people see that in me, and that when I’m faced with pressure and challenges of life, facing the fiery furnace , I stand up for my faith and my God.


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