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in the Fire
Shadrach, Meshach and Abednago
probably had to spell their name every time they wanted to make reservations
at a restaurant or enroll in a class. I'm pretty lucky, my parents gave
me a simple name and most people can already spell it. How do you think
Shadrach, Meshach and Abednago became buddies? Maybe all the other kids
teased them at school because of their names and they found solace with
each other's misery.
The truth is, they had bigger
problems than constantly having to spell their name. Things weren't going
too well for them. King Nebuchadnezzar-- (now there's a name--can you imagine
it on the back of a football uniform?)-- made a golden statue of himself
and demanded that everyone in Babylon worship the statue. Shadrach, Meshach
and Abednago refused to worship the idol because of their faith in God.
King Nebby got hot and decided
Shad, Mesh and Abe should feel the fire of his wrath. He commanded his
soldiers to throw them into a furnace that was seven times hotter than
Freeze! Soldiers, before
you throw them into the fire, I've got a question for you. Who do you think
will walk away from the furnace--you, or Shad, Mesh and Abe?
The soldiers, though they
were valiant, brave and strong were overcome by the heat and died. The
three faithful men were joined in the fire by the Lord and they survived.
Things are not always as
they seem. Hold on to your faith, don't despair, nothing will happen to
you that God does not allow. Who knows, you might just discover a new fellowship
with God in the midst of the fire.