No Smell of Smoke

As a child, how exciting it was to go to church and hear the stories of God. How the Lord delivered the Israelites from Egypt. Crossing the Red Sea, Noah and the ark, Joshua and the battle of Jericho, David and Goliath, Daniel and the Lions Den. In each of these stories, the power of God is wondrously displayed.

Yet, I must admit, my favorite story of old is that of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abindigo. For not only do we see the amazing power of God, but we see three men who were willing to stand firm until the end. Who remained faithful despite their outcome, who trusted and truly believed on God. Like Daniel, these three were taken from their home land and placed in Babylon when Jerusalem was taken by the Babylonians. Like Daniel, they were devoted to serving the true God, despite its consequences. So when the King erects this huge golden statue and says all must worship it, they refuse.

My favorite verse in this story is when they are brought before the king and say, “If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and he WILL rescue us from your hand, O king. BUT even if He does not, we want you to know, O king, that we WILL NOT serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up (Daniel 3:17-18).” Not only were these men faithful to serve the Lord, but they were brave and courageous to stand firm in the midst of dire circumstances. They believed God was able to save them from the fire, but also held fast to the fact that even if He did not, they would remain faithful to Him.

However, even greater than these three, is our great God, who showed up and showed out on their behalf. As they are cast into the fiery furnace, He is right there with them. He loosened their bonds and walks beside them. Nothing on them was burned. Which is amazing, I mean they were thrown in  wearing their robes, trousers, turbans and other clothes. Highly flammable, I’m sure. Yet, not their clothes nor their bodies were burned. In fact the very hair on their head was not singed and best of all, when they walk out of this furnace, they did not even smell of smoke.

What an awesome God we serve. This is not the God of old, this is the God of today. His power, His faithfulness, His love and provision are the same yesterday, today and forever. As I read this story I always get excited for I am reminded once more of the fact that nothing is too difficult for my God.

So, no matter what God is worthy of our praise. No matter what we can trust Him and no matter how difficult our situation may seem, He is bigger. He walks beside us and carries us through, showing Himself faithful by glorifying His great name.

I’m sure in the eyes of the others, these three were seen as the biggest fools. I mean all they had to do was bow down. Yet, they knew it mattered and would not. Because of this, the power of God was manifest to all that day and the King and many others believed upon the one true God.

In my own life, there are things that don’t make sense. Situations that seem impossible and circumstances that others do not understand. Yet, as I read this amazing truth, I realize my God is greater and I can trust Him, who has all things figured out! Praying that as I do, others will come to know the one true God, who is worthy of all praise.

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