Faith, boldness and courage will set us up for possisions far beyond our wildest dreams. Their are four friends of mine who has long passed over from this life into the next, but still give me inspiration and encouragement whenever I need to stir up some courage, or be reminded of how faithful our God is. My four friends names are: Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego, then there’s Daniel.
These four young boys were removed from there homeland and brought into a foreign land as slaves. These young men remained faithful to our God through very harsh circumstances and conditions, and God’s mighty hand of favor rested heavily upon them, so much so, that the other men of that land were very jealous of these boy’s. These men were so jealous that they conspired to use the faithfulness of these boy’s to their God, to set them up to be killed.
See, the King saw Daniel’s Godly wisdom from the very start and he promoted Daniel, while Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego where left to work the field. Nevertheless, God’s mighty hand of favor was upon then as well. So the men of that land went to the King and deceived him into signing a law stating that every person in that land must bow down to worship a statue of the King himself for 30 day’s, or be thrown into a fiery furnace. Well these men already knew that these three boys would not bow down to worship none other than God our Father.
When these wicked men saw these boy’s not bowing to worship the statute, they ran to tell the King. Now it is what these boy’s says to the King once they’re brought before him that just exites my spirit. Just listen to this: “IF IT BE SO, OUR GOD WHOM WE SERVE IS ABLE TO DELIVER US FROM THE BURNING FIREY FURNACE, AND HE WILL DELIVER US OUT OF THINE HAND, O KING, BUT IF NOT, BE IT KNOWN UNTO THEE, O KING, THAT WE WILL NOT SERVE THY god’s, NOR WORSHIP THE GOLDEN IMAGE WHICH YOU HAVE SET UP. ” “WOW”
I don’t know about you, but that boldness and courage of speach really stirs something on the inside of me. Well these boy’s were thrown into the firery furnace, and when the King went to look inside the burning firery furnace he saw not just the three boy’s that he had ordered into the furnace, but he saw a fourth man whom he said looked like God. So he called the young boys forth out of the hot hot furnace, “which should have been burned to ashes by the way” but they came forth without even the smell of smoke on them.
Well this gave the ol King a change of heart, and this is what he said: “blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who has sent His angle, and delivered his servants that trusted in Him, and have changed the King’ s word, and yielded their bodies, that they might not serve nor worship any god except their own God”. Then the King made a law against anyone who spoke amiss against the God of these three boy’s, then, the three boy’s were promoted.
My friend Daniel’s story is very simular, but he was thrown into a lions den. You will have to go to the book of Daniel chapter 6 in the Holy Bible and read that for yourself. You will be blessed by it. You can also check out this story of Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego, and the firery furnace in the book of Daniel chapter 3.
I speak faith,boldness and courage over your life on today!!!
LOVE, GRACE, PEACE