God is dependable. He is reliable. He is too faithful to fail. These are not religious words to please an invisible but dreaded deity. They are statements of truth drawn from the living word of God, experiences of people of old and present as well as personal experiences walking with and working for God.
King Nebuchadnezzar wanted to prove the supremacy of his power and dominion in his kingdom, he commanded that everyone in his domain must bow at the instance of the music to worship the image that he set up. It was not just a mere statement, it was a decree that stated that the consequences of disobedience would be that the defaulters would be roasted in a fiery furnace. Daniel 3:1-11.
Certain Jewish children who have been indoctrinated that they were supposed to bow to no other except the invisible but true God dared to disobey the king’s decree trusting that invisible God will save their lives. The thought of facing the wicked and angry king was scary enough, not to talk about the consequences of disobedience in the fiery furnace.
The whistle blowers reported the impudence of the Jewish young men to king Nebuchadnezzar who gave the young men the last chance to “repent” and bow to the graven image but the young men were arrogantly adamant. Daniel 3:11-15. The wicked king even threaten that he could not see any God that would deliver the young men from him.
Reading the story may not appear so serious and dangerous as it was because we already know the end of the story. Imagine, the young men that had no physical and bound Bible as we have it today. There was no antecedent that someone dared to disobey the king while obeying God and God rescued the person from the king’s wrath. The response of the young men was too daring:
“Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter. If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.” – Daniel 3:16-18
The king became angrier. Who in position of authority would not be, when some small boys who were aliens (not even citizens of the country) decided to disobey the law and even challenge the king with effrontery and impudence? The wicked king issued an urgent instructions that the fiery furnace should be heated seven times more and the young men thrown into it.
Brethren, the young men were either too confident in the faithfulness of God or they decided to commit suicide by roasting themselves in the fiery furnace of the king. A miracle as it was, the God that is too faithful to fail stepped in; the young men did not burn, they became an amazement to everyone including king Nebuchadnezzar, he acknowledged the God of the Jewish people as the true God and promoted the young men.
Friends, if God did not fail the three Hebrew young men; He is too faithful to fail any of His children (including you). If we will trust God like those people did, we will experience the same order of miracles they experienced and much more.
Scriptures for meditation: Daniel 3:19-30
Jesus is Lord!

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