CHURCH IN 90 SECONDS
In the book of Daniel chapter 3, verse 15, God’s Word says that King Nebuchadnezzar said:
“But if you do not worship, (my idol) you will immediately be cast into the midst of a furnace of blazing fire; and what god is there who can deliver you out of my hands?” NASB
The devil would force you to act in a certain way if he could. But he can’t.
The Holy Spirit could force you to act in a certain way. But he won’t.
The story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego is a story about choice. God is all about you making a choice. The choice, in general, is between life and death. There is no third option. Daniel’s three friends had a very stark choice to make: No delayed results. Immediate action required.
Because we do not always see what will take place in the future, we are sometimes very cavalier about making those choices. I once heard a very promiscuous woman make a foolish comment concerning AIDS: “Why would you worry about something that might kill you 10 years from now?”
Daniel 3:16 reveals brave hearts. Pure hearts.
Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego replied:
“O Nebuchadnezzar, We do not need to give you an answer concerning this matter. If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the furnace of blazing fire; and He will deliver us out of your hand, O King.” NASB
One cannot warm by the devil’s fire and expect that it will not consume you. Even worldly folks know that if you play with fire, you WILL get burned. Actions have consequences. Sin will take you farther than you want to go. It will keep you longer than you want to stay. It will cost you more than you want to pay.
The fiery furnace illustrates a point that might not be immediately apparent. We can see the work of God, and the work of the devil in action simultaneously. Nebuchadnezzar’s soldiers were consumed by fire simply attempting to cast Daniel’s friends into that furnace. The Babylonian soldiers died immediately. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego came through the very same experience, at the very same time, completely unharmed.
It’s not what happens to you. It’s what choices you make that determine the outcome of any situation you face.
Our God, whom we serve, is able to deliver us.