The story of the three young Hebrew men who were faithful to God under unimaginable pressure to bow down to the pagan king is fairly well known. (Daniel chapter 3) Given a second chance, and with God’s glory at stake, they declared: “Our God, whom we serve IS ABLE to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O King. But if not, let it be known to you, O King, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up.” (17,18)
Hearing their declaration, king Nebuchadnezzar was in a rage. He commanded the fiery furnace to be heated up seven times more. When they were cast into the furnace, the king was astonished to see the Son of God walking with them in the furnace.
This account parallels with what the apostle Paul wrote hundreds of years later in Ephesians 3:20, 21, that our God “IS ABLE to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think…” Shadrach, Meshack and Abed-nego unflinchingly declared “Our God IS ABLE”, but they DIDN’T expect Him to do the “exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think” part! They had no idea that God would transform the king’s heart, and that the change in him would affect the entire kingdom! When the king saw that they came out of the fire unharmed, and didn’t even smell like smoke, he was so impressed with their God, that he did three remarkable things:
1. He made a decree that no other god should be worshiped in his kingdom. God was glorified publicly!
2. He acknowledged that “there is no other god who can deliver like this”
3. He promoted the three young Hebrew men in the province of Babylon.
When His glory is at stake, God IS ABLE to do what we ask, and that’s why we can trust Him. As we trust Him, we can also praise Him because He IS ABLE to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think”. Just ask Shadrack, Meshach and Abed-nego – and let’s TRUST HIM!