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Fiery furnace by Toros Roslin, Mashtots, 1266 ...

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Three times this week, the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego interrupted my daily existence. The first was when I saw the post by Alicia over at Alicia’s Roses, The Furnace. Then the story of the three Jewish young men and their extraordinary faith came up again and again.

So, after the third time, I did a Google search about the three who were thrown into the fire in Daniel 3, and I found a liturgical poem that I’ve never seen before that is written from the point of view of the three while they were in the fire, which is nothing short of amazing. Take a look at the Prayer of Azariah.

Even though this is just a poem written about the event, and we don’t know what they actually might of prayed while they were in the fire, the 18th line really made me sit up and take notice. Azariah( Abednego), said “And now we follow thee with all our heart, we fear thee, and seek thy face.”

It draws a picture doesn’t it? These young men were thrown into a fire that actually killed some of the guards that threw them in. The king had commanded it be stoked hotter than normal because he was so angry that they would not deny their God. And, there they were in the middle of the fire, and what do they do? They follow God with all their hearts, they still are awestruck by Him and they seek Him out.

The three were joined by a fourth while they were in there, – some think the fourth may have been an angel of the Lord while others think it may have been God Himself – but it was before they were tossed in that they declared that even if God didn’t save them, it didn’t make Him any less God.

Their faith was intact before they went into the fire, they knew their God. They knew that whatever He chose to do that day would be the right choice, whether or not they individually survived that choice. Yet, they came out without a single hair on their head singed, their clothing intact and not even smelling of smoke. They went into the fire bound tightly with straps, and they came out walking upright and whole.

We aren’t even given their reaction to the miracle that took place, we’re told how King Nebuchadnezzar and his court reacted, not how each of them reacted.

And maybe, that’s how those with an unadulterated relationship with God, and the faith that’s born out of that confident bond with Him do react. Not with surprise or shock that He performs miracles and can do anything – after all God is God and He can do anything He pleases – but with the calm acceptance and assurance that no matter what He decides and what the results of those decisions are, He loves each one of us and the outcome will always right.

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

Romans 8:28

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