“If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and He will rescue us from your hand, O king. But even if He does not, we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.” ~Daniel 3:17-18
These were the words of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednigo, three Jewish men who loved and served God with all their hearts. They worked for King Nebuchadnezzar in Babylon where they had important jobs. The prideful king made a ninety foot golden image and demanded that at the sound of music everyone would stop what they were doing and bow down and worship it. Whoever didn’t obey would be thrown into a blazing furnace. Some of the king’s workers, jealous of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednigo, saw that they did not bow down and worship the golden image and ran to tell Nebuchadnezzar of their disobedience. The king sent for the men and gave them another chance, but the Jewish men stood strong in their faith and refused. Immediately, they were thrown into the fiery furnace–but the fire did not destroy them. Instead, a fourth person was seen with them. The king ordered them to come out, where they were found unharmed by the fire. Nebuchadnezzar acknowledged that the fourth person in the furnace was an angel that God put there to protect them. The king was not only astonished that God spared the men’s lives, but more-so that the men were willing to give up their lives to honor the God they loved. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednigo did not compromise their faith, but they had such a high allegiance to God that they didn’t hesitate to place their lives in His hands. Each of us is faced with decisions everyday to either compromise our Christian faith or hold strong to our convictions, too. We may face peer pressure, persecution, or ridicule if we choose to worship God. But He will be there with us in our fiery furnace if we choose to follow God, believing that He is able to save us from it, but even if not, we will serve Him and none other.
Dear Heavenly Father: You are my wonderful and You are amazing! When pressures come and the heat starts to rise, may I be as these three men and choose to serve You, no matter what the outcome. Forgive me for my sin and failures and teach me, as only You can, how to walk and talk the life that honors only You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Three men went into the fire but four were there they say.
Once again God proved His power & saved their lives that day.
HONEY BAKED CHICKEN
1/3 cup honey
1/3 cup melted butter
1 Tablespoon mustard
pinch of salt
2-4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
Combine honey, melted butter, mustard and salt together. Pour over chicken in a shallow dish. Cook for 1 hour at 350 degrees. Baste every 15 minutes.