By Drew Myers
Verses To Read:
The story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego is one that many of us who grew up in the church learned as young children and is often referenced in sermons when discussing God’s faithfulness. I think it’s worth remembering today. These three men were in leadership roles in the King Nebuchadnezzar’s command. One day, the king decided to create a massive gold statue of himself and required everyone in the city to bow to it when the trumpets sounded. Of course, bowing to any god but the one true God, was against their beliefs. Therefore, they refused. The decree said that if anyone chose not to bow to the statue, they would be thrown into the fiery furnace. Their response is so bold: they said that their God can rescue them but even if He doesn’t, it didn’t matter, they still wouldn’t bow. What incredible faith!
Eventually King Nebuchadnezzar, after giving them a second chance, ordered the furnace to be turned up to 7 times hotter than usual and had the three men tied together and put in. The furnace was so hot that it killed the King’s servants who threw the men in. After they were in, the King and the rest of his servants saw the three men, no longer bound, and a fourth man all walking around in the fire. Many Bible scholars agree that the fourth man in the fire was none other than Jesus Christ Himself.
What we learn from this story is that even in the fire, when everyone has turned against us, all hope is lost, it seems that nothing good can come of it, and everything (like the ropes in the story) is burnt away, our God does not leave us. He is right there in the fire with us. What’s also interesting to consider is that God could have saved them from the fire altogether.
He could have snuffed it out; He could have stopped the servants from throwing them in. But what did He do instead? He joined them IN the fire. What a comfort that we serve a God who is with us even in our fires!
Whether we are aware of it or not, God’s faithfulness happens even today. About five and a half years ago my wife Erin and I found out we were pregnant. We were thrilled to become new parents. As we went to checkups we were faced with some difficult news. We were informed that our baby had shown signs of under development. We were very scared, and we asked, “Why us? Where is God in all this?” We were left feeling defeated. Over the next few days, I fervently prayed. Even though I did not have a full understanding of why it was happening, I gave the situation to God. We went back for our next appointment, and there was no improvement. We wanted to give up, but we continued to believe God is bigger. At the third appointment we were told that what we had seen was misread and that everything was as it should be. We later had a healthy baby girl.
Sometimes we don’t hear the news we want. Sometimes we don’t see healing in the way we hope. We don’t always receive the outcomes we hope for. Sometimes we must step into fire, but God remains right there with us in the situation. Today, let’s take time to trust in God’s faithfulness. Remember that even when we are weak, He is strong.
Questions To Consider:
1. Reflect on a time when you felt God’s faithfulness in your life. What were the circumstances, and how did it impact your faith?
2. How can you actively remind yourself of God’s faithfulness when facing doubts or uncertainties?
3. How does the concept of God’s faithfulness shape your prayers and interactions with Him?
Prayer to Pray:
God, today I thank you for the opportunity to live in your faithfulness. Even though situations may seem impossible, I know through you that all things are possible. Please help me as I walk today to remember how good you are and how you have walked with me through every situation. I thank you for your faithfulness and all you have done. Amen