Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego risked their lives when they refused to worship the golden image. When it seemed that God abandoned them in their suffering, He actually met them within the fire.
- The king was discontent with the reality of his limited reign, so he attempted to enshrine himself in the land and among the people (3:1-12).
- These young men believed that maintaining a devotion to God was more critical than guaranteeing deliverance from danger (3:13-18).
- God miraculously saved them from the fire, and thus His power became undeniable among a rebellious people (3:19-30).
- Even beyond that particular location and structure, the human heart is determined to make a big deal about itself.
- The most prevalent danger for the believer is not replacing God but reprioritizing Him.
- Believers don’t have to avoid fires if they know they won’t be abandoned within them.
- Don’t allow the pressures of a governmental system to dictate the expression of your religious devotion.
- Even if you are unsure of God’s plan, never doubt God’s power.
- It’s better to be with God in the temporal fires than be without God in the eternal ones.