Shakespeare's play Hamlet phrased one of the most widely known and quoted lines in modern English:
To be, or not to be, that is the question: Whether 'tis Nobler in the mind to suffer The Slings and Arrows of outrageous Fortune, Or to take Arms against a Sea of troubles, And by opposing end them:
For Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, however, this soliloquy was a reality.
Nebuchadnezzar spake and said unto them, Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, do not ye serve my gods, nor worship the golden image which I have set up?
The reply of these men of God enraged king Nebuchadnezzar who immediately executed his wrath, heating the burning fiery furnace one seven times more than it was wont to be heated and hastily casting them in.
Now, every true Christian will have faith in God and a reasonable expectation in God's ability to deliver them out of an unjust situation like this, but what if he doesn't?
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, 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.
Whether or not God chooses to deliver us from our personal problems, relationship problems, or the enemy itself, we must never dismiss this significance: not even the flames of the wicked can disannull the finished work of Christ upon the cross of Calvary. Therefore, must always resolve to do what is right, despite afflictions, even if it might cost us our very lives.
And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace. Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonished, and rose up in haste, and spake, and said unto his counsellors, Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? They answered and said unto the king, True, O king. He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.
What will you do when your feet is held to the fire?
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