Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego said:
“If you [the king] throw us into the blazing furnace, then the God we serve is able to rescue us from a furnace of blazing fire and release us from your power, Your Majesty. But even if He Does Not, O king, you can be sure that we still will not serve your gods and we will not worship the golden statue you erected.” (Daniel 3)
These three characters and Daniel always brings me to place of AWE. How in the world could they stand out, to have trusted The Almighty One; even to the point of being thrown into fire? That too, in a time much before Jesus stepped into the world, to bridge the gap between humanity and Heavenly Father.
Those words were bold statement of people who spend time in the presence of the Consuming Fire. Apparently the seven times heated fire couldn’t gulp them, because the Blazing One of Heaven was walking with them.
When they took pride in trusting God to deliver them, they displayed humility to everyone around. We can also see that there was a hunger that burned within them; which showed resistance in every fibre of their being to serve another god apart from the One who sustained them. This hunger and humility complimented by all means, that they declared with agonised boldness, “Even if He does not” (deliver us from the fiery furnace, we will not serve your gods).
If not the fire, in our daily lives we can choose to be bold to confidently declare, “Even if I don’t see my way take its fullness, I will not worship ‘worry’, ‘panic’, ‘unbelief’, ‘insecurity’, ‘weaknesses’ and ‘pleasures of the this world’. He Blazes strength and hope into your life beyond your finest perception.
No fire in your life can flame red-hot than His destined deliverance and favour.