Standing in the Fire Daniel 3:8-12; 19-20

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At this time some astrologers[b] came forward and denounced
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the Jews. forever!

They said to King Nebuchadnezzar, “May the king live Your Majesty has issued a decree that everyone who

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hears the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipe and all kinds of music must fall down and worship the image of gold,
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and that whoever does not fall down and worship will be thrown into a blazing furnace.12 But there are some Jews whom you have set over the affairs of the province of Babylon—Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego—who pay no attention to you, Your Majesty. They neither serve your gods nor worship the image of gold you have set up.”

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Then Nebuchadnezzar was furious with Shadrach, Meshach and

Abednego, and his attitude toward them changed. He ordered the furnace heated seven times hotter than usual
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and commanded

some of the strongest soldiers in his army to tie up Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego and throw them into the blazing furnace.

Shouldn’t a squadron of angels come to sweep in to catch them just before they landed in the fire? Shouldn’t their friend Daniel come running in with .But it doesn’t make sense. and A bed-n-go (it’s similar to a bed-n-breakfast. o In essence. how many of ya’ll believe that God wants us to be separate for Him? To stand for Him? . good King Neb had Shadrach. I mean. . “What did these guys do to deserve to be thrown into the flames?” o They wouldn’t conform to the world’s standards. In fact. they did just the opposite.After this fitful exchange that we just read. They were faithful.Some of us know the story of the three Hebrew gents and their BBQ with the king .So my question is. Meshach. They were thrown into the fire. but without the breakfast) to be thrown into the fire . They stood apart for their God. they didn’t do anything wrong.. They did what was right. what was their reward for doing right? A BBQ in their honor.And yet.

. They were hurled into the flames. when we’re faithful to Him. We could be doing our very best for God and then BAM!! (hit the stand) o Our family starts to fall apart o We get diagnosed with an incurable disease o That relationship didn’t work out the way we intended it o Someone we thought was our friend backstabs us o Everyone seems to start to grow distant o We start to panic about work.And guess what? We don’t have to even have done anything wrong to find ourselves in a trial. . finding work.the world’s largest water balloon to put out the fire at the last second? . trials happen whether we like it or not.But no. “Why God? What’d I do? What am I supposed to do to get out of here? Why does it hurt so much?” . we can cry out. When we stand for God.As the trial intensifies. we can feel the furnace heating up and heating up. or school .In our lives.

Jesus was waiting for us there. even if we couldn’t see Him when we entered the trial. “Look! I see four men walking around in the fire.. “Certainly. “Weren’t there three men that we tied up and threw into the fire?” 24 They replied. the middle of their fire was the safest place to be. the fire burned all other cares leaving only them and Jesus.You see. that we’ve exhausted all of our resources. that we’ve waited too long for relief. o The fire separated them.” He said.In the midst of the flames.You see. . unbound and unharmed. and the fourth looks like the son of the god. Your Majesty.” 25 . even though the three Hebrews didn’t know it at first. . Daniel 3:24-25 Then King Nebuchadnezzar leaped to his feet in amazement and asked his advisers. God was waiting there.And so we try to figure out why we’re in the middle of a trial and why everyone else seems to be on the outside of it. God could finally get alone with them . .When we think that the trial is too hard.

Isaiah 43:1-3 But now. I have summoned you by name. they will not sweep over you. the Holy One of Israel. you are mine. Jesus. He who formed you: “Do not fear. this is what the LORD says— He who created you. When you walk through the fire. 2 When you pass through the waters. you will not be burned. and the fire that brought you closer together. The only things that are there are you. and when you pass through the rivers.that’s when we realize that this place is where Jesus is closest. 3 For I am the LORD your God. the flames will not set you ablaze. I will be with you. for I have redeemed you. your Savior .

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