This week’s readings are based on the Unsung Heroes sermon series. This season, we are looking at some of the lesser-known heroes of the faith, seeing the big impact they had, and understanding how we can learn from their example. Slow down, read the text, and then let it read you.
“Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, who sent His Angel and delivered His servants who trusted in Him.”
Daniel 3:28a (NKJV)
Deliverance from our trials comes as we put our trust in God. Here we see the well-known story of Daniel’s friends, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, being thrown into the fiery furnace for not worshiping the king’s golden image, yet they trusted God, and no harm came to them. The lesser-known part of this story is the result of their faith. We see that others saw the power of God (v.27). The unbelievers praised God (v.28), they received protection against further harm (v.29), and they were promoted (v.30).
When you are going through struggles, have you focused more on your fiery trials or on the good outcomes that can happen as a result of putting your faith in God in the midst of those trials? Ask God for help in putting your focus not on your problems, but on the result of your faith.