Then Nebuchadnezzar was filled with fury, and the expression of his face was changed against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. He ordered the furnace heated seven times more than it was usually heated. And he ordered some of the mighty men of his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, and to cast them into the burning fiery furnace. Then these men were bound in their cloaks, their tunics, their hats, and their other garments, and they were thrown into the burning fiery furnace. Because the king’s order was urgent and the furnace overheated, the flame of the fire killed those men who took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, fell bound into the burning fiery furnace. Daniel 3:19-23
One thing you never want to do is make the king mad. But that is just what Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego had just done. They had refused to worship the golden image Nebuchadnezzar had made and instead turned to the God of Israel telling the king that God would save them but even if He did not they still refused to worship any other gods.
So the king heated an already hot oven even hotter, in fact seven times as hot as normal. So hot in fact that the king’s own men were killed just by getting close enough to toss the three into the fiery furnace. Had this been a TV series we would end the season here. Everyone would have to wait until next year to see just what had become of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. But God’s word is not a TV series and we do not have to wait for what happens next.
Still, what is the story ended here? What if God did not save Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego? Would this have diminished God or show us that His powers are limited or maybe His love is limited? Of course not. To believe that one needs to take a very limited view of whom God is and who we are. That view sees this life as all there is or at the very least as the most important part of our lives. But is this is the most important part of an eternal existence it is very short and for the most part not very easy.
We can become so fixated on this life and cling to it so hard that we forget that the best is yet to come. We have eternity to spend with God doing his work and worshiping and praising Him directly not from a distance. In the next phase of our life God will make His dwelling place with us. We need to remember that we are just passing through this place. Any bad things that may happen to us here are just a blink of an eye on our eternal lives. Real healing and real peace are not for this world. Real healing and real peace will be ours in the new earth. That is a place where there will be no more sorrow, no more pain and no more tears. We will be cured of all our ailments. That is where we belong.
Have a blessed day,