You never know when something is going to happen that will change your whole life! When you might be asked a question that could change your destiny, or when standing up for your convictions could really bring a disaster! Daniel and his friends, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego (commonly referred to as the three Hebrew Children), found themselves in all of the above situations!
They were very handsome and intelligent young men who lived in the King’s palace until they were kidnapped from Judah and taken to Babylon. These young men with so much to look forward to in their lives were castrated and put into the service of the King of Babylon.
Daniel quickly became popular because he was an interpreter of dreams and when the King had a dream that troubled him and his own magicians and wise men couldn’t interpret it, Daniel was called in and the rest is history!
The King’s men were jealous of Daniel and looked for a way to entrap him. If you know the story you know the only thing they could find wrong was his habit of praying three times a day, and set out to manipulate the King into making a decree declaring that no one could pray to any God but himself. The King loved and respected Daniel and didn’t realize what had happened until they brought the complaint of Daniel opening his window and openly praying to God and he couldn’t break his word or change his command, to execute anyone caught worshipping any other God.
With his heart aching he ordered Daniel to be thrown into the Lion’s den. The lions had been starved and should have made a quick breakfast of the young prophet, however God gave those lions lockjaw and Daniel spent the night in safety!
The King was so happy that Daniel’s God had saved him alive! He had Daniel’s accusers along with their wives and children brought and cast into the lion’s den, “and the lions overpowered them, and broke all their bones in pieces before they ever came to the bottom of the den.” (Daniel 6:24)
Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were making their own good reputation. The King ordered everyone to bow to his image of gold when the trumpet sounded and these young men refused to bow, “Fire up the furnace seven times hotter than ever and throw them in!” The fire was so hot that the men who threw them in died from the heat! The King was so angry that he went and watched them be thrown, bound with all their clothes on, into the furnace. Astonished the King looked in and said “Didn’t we throw THREE men in there? I see FOUR men, unbound, unhurt and walking around down there and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God!”(Daniel 3:24-25)
Because God spared them from the fire, the King made a decree that anyone who spoke against their God would be “cut in pieces, and their houses shall be made an ash heap; because there is no other God who can deliver like this.”(3:29)
These young men were faithful to God even under the threat of torture and death. Read Hebrews chapter 11 read of other heroes who would rather die than to betray their faith in God.
Stand firm in your faith, and honor God in every decision. Look to Him when faced with temptation to deny Him
Or to turn from His ways.
Believe that He will either provide a way of escape or the grace to endure.
ASK God to give you favor, wisdom and creative alternatives so that you can remain obedient and bring glory to Him!
Continue to worship and walk in righteousness and live faithfully seeking to be a living witness!
And next time you are facing the Lions, bring a whip and if you’re facing a fire, bring a bag of marshmallows, God’s got this!