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Sometimes God Lets the Fire Get Hot

Sometimes God Lets the Fire Get Hot

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 and commanded some of the strongest soldiers in his army to tie up Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego and throw them into the blazing furnace. So these men, wearing their robes, trousers, turbans and other clothes, were bound and thrown into the blazing furnace. The king’s command was so urgent and the furnace so hot that the flames of the fire killed the soldiers who took up Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, and these three men, firmly tied, fell into the blazing furnace.

Then King Nebuchadnezzar leaped to his feet in amazement and asked his advisers, “Weren’t there three men that we tied up and threw into the fire?”

They replied, “Certainly, Your Majesty.”

He said, “Look! I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed, and the fourth looks like a son of the gods.” (Daniel 3:19-25 NIV)

As Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego stood before the King and said, “No matter what we are not going to bow to your idol”, do you think they had an idea of how this whole thing would play out? We do. When we pray – even as we are believing that God is supreme – we have an idea of how we want him to answer our prayers.

What we all want is for God to prevent the burn of the fire. We probably would like him to prevent the fire altogether. But sometimes, God lets the fire get really hot and then he walks in the flames with us.

By Elaine Kapetanakis

Written by Diane Levy

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