Daniel 3 narrates the encounter of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego (commonly referred to as the three Hebrew boys) with King Nebuchadnezzar, whilst they were under Babylonian captivity. He had set up a gold idol for a god and commanded the whole of Babylon to worship it. The three Hebrew boys however, being aware of God’s commandment in the Law of Moses not to bow down before any graven image (Exodus 20:4-5), made their stand clear that they would not bow down to the idol. Babylon was the world power then, so imagine how mad the king was at these captives that dare not regard his word! They made him go bonkers!
‘Then Nebuchadnezzar lost his temper, and his face turned red with anger at Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.”
God is faithful and can be trusted to the very end! (2 Chronicles 16:9a, 1 Corinthians 10:13; 1 Thessalonians 5:24; 2 Timothy 2:13).
They didn’t look or smell like they had been around fire by the time they came out (Daniel 3:28).
So much can be learned from this chapter, but I want to highlight one thing:
King Nebudchanezzar’s anger made him order that the furnace be heated seven times hotter than usual and he commanded the BEST MEN IN HIS ARMY to tie up the three Hebrew boys. The furnace was so hot that the flames killed the men who handled them (Daniel 3:22). Basically, the king’s anger led to him losing the ‘most mighty’ (KJV), ‘strongest’ (AMP), ‘mighty men of valor’ (LITV) from his army. WAS IT WORTH IT?!
I’m sure we can all narrate experiences where we hastily acted based solely on anger, and regretted most, if not all the times we did. It’s ok to be angry, it’s a valid emotion that God let us experience.
Do not be quick in spirit to be angry or vexed, for anger and vexation lodge in the bosom of fools.
Romans 12:1-2 KJV
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
The Christian journey is a race (1 Corinthians 9:24), and it’s been commonly referred to as a marathon. Don’t beat yourself up to much if you fail in this area or others, we’re all a work in progress. Recognise your failures, repent of your sins and wrongdoings and keep moving forward. Don’t dwell on your failures too much, look up to JESUS, He’s very well able to see you through (Hebrews 12:2; Colossians 1:21-23; 2:6; 3:1-2).
“Everything that goes into a life of pleasing God has been miraculously given to us by getting to know, personally and intimately, the One who invited us to God. The best invitation we ever received! We were also given absolutely terrific promises to pass on to you—your tickets to participation in the life of God after you turned your back on a world corrupted by lust.” 2 Peter 1:3-4 MSG
“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” John 14:6 KJV
READ, STUDY, MEMORISE, MEDITATE ON AND DO THE WORD! You’ll know JESUS better by doing so, it will show your love for God and JESUS will reveal more of Himself to you (John 14:21&23).
Keep running the race. Keep the faith. Don’t give up. Don’t give in. Keep moving forward!