Hi friends! So clearly you already know what this post is going to be about, but it’s actually not a weekly verse. I wanted to talk about chapter 3 of Daniel as a whole. I discussed it a little bit when I did my Daniel recap a few weeks ago, but I felt like it was sitting on my heart to talk about it in length.
If you haven’t read Daniel 3 (which I would highly recommend doing because it’s amazing), it’s essentially a story of unyielding faith. Three men by the name of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego refuse to bow to the idol of gold that King Nebuchadnezzar has proclaimed all the people must praise. Because they disobeyed his orders, the king has them thrown into a furnace of blazing flames, but instead of being burned alive they walk out unharmed because God has rewarded them for their unmoving faith. This story is really two-fold; we can learn about having unmoving faith and also what the benefit of having that kind of faith is.
1 Corinthians 15:58 tells us that we should stand firm and not let anything move us. That’s exactly what the three friends in Daniel 3 did. Instead of conforming to the orders of King Nebuchadnezzar, something that they knew would be going against the law of the Lord, they stood up for their faith. What makes this even more incredible is that they did this even in the face of death. They literally told the king that they did not fear the flames because their God stood behind them and would deliver them from their peril. This is what having unmoving faith looks like. Luckily we live in a time and place where we won’t be sent into a furnace to be burned alive if we disobey someone’s orders, but even so God has called us to have bold faith. Our faith should be so strong, so unmoving, so unshakable that we will defend it to the death. That seems like an impossibly daunting task, but God will gift us with the most valuable reward of all: salvation. When we give Him our faith and lay our lives before Him, He will return to us everlasting life in Heaven.
Thank you so much for reading!
Much love & grace,