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They Wouldn’t Bend
FIRST RESPONDERS know about fire, challenges, and trials. Most of us are familiar with the biblical account of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the fiery furnace (Daniel ...

Rob Hitt, Firefighter/EMT-I – Greenville/Spartanburg International Airport Fire Department; South Carolina Fellowship of Christian Firefighters International Regional Director

THEY WOULDN’T BEND

They wouldn’t bend, they wouldn’t bow, and they wouldn’t burn!

FIRST RESPONDERS know about fire, challenges, and trials. Most of us are familiar with the biblical account of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the fiery furnace (Daniel 3). As these wise men stood before a pagan king, they were given the choice to renounce the Lord God or face immediate death. They chose to refuse to kneel to a lifeless idol or to participate in the Babylonian fads of the day.

Being one of three men against the entire Babylonian population would frighten and intimidate anyone. However, amid the pressure and stress of the moment, these men chose not to bow to, worship, or acknowledge the idol or the king’s decree even if the Lord God chose not to deliver them. These three stated, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter” (Daniel 3:16). This indicates they didn’t have to think about their answer or its implications. It was automatic, deliberate, concrete, unmoving, and based on their faith that whether or not God delivered them, they would remain faithful to him—even at the threshold of their own death.

“The Lord knows how to rescue godly men from trials.” (2 Peter 2:9)

It’s easy to say, “I stand for the Lord”! However, the big test comes when we are faced with adversities. Daniel 3:20, 21 states that Nebuchadnezzar appointed his mightiest men to bind the three Hebrew men, signifying they could not move and had to be physically thrown into the furnace. As the king stood and expressed his approval of their attempted execution, he saw four men loose and walking around in the furnace. In verse 25 he shouted, “Look! I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed, and the fourth looks like a son of the gods.” The Lord God had delivered them physically by removing the bonds. They escaped unharmed without any sign of fire or smell of smoke or ashes on them!

Are you bound by a fiery trial in your life? Does it seem as if there is no escape, even though you stand for the Lord and try to live for him? This is the same Lord that will deliver you and be with you in your “fiery furnace.” Not only that, he will break those bonds that are holding you and preventing you from moving closer to him.

Prayer:

“Lord, I am bound by __________ and I’m facing this fiery furnace in my life. Please release me from this bondage and allow me to experience freedom only you can give. In Jesus name, amen.”


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