the fiery furnace :: risk

12:18 AM

With my 2012 "word" being risk, I am studying risk takers in the Bible.
It's fascinating to learn these nuggets from Bible greats.


Daniel 3 recounts the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, three guys who risked being burned alive. Nebuchadnezzar gathers all the people together to worship this HUGE golden idol. When the music sounded, everyone bowed down except these three.

Nebuchadnezzar's anger burned against them. I love their response. They definitely weighed the consequences, I believe. Daniel 3:17, 18 indicates that they believed God might or might not deliver them from the furnace, but they were not going to bow down.

They took a huge risk. They knew the consequence was heavy...being burned alive, and yet they chose to stand up for what was right, for a God they loved. It's not natural to choose the hard way, but I pray I will always have the strength and confidence to follow my convictions.

God did end up saving these three guys from the fiery furnace and used it to totally change Nebuchadnezzar's heart. He made a radical stand for God, because of the choice of three ordinary individuals. You just never know how God might use our faith to speak to others...

Scripture reference: Daniel 3

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  1. Oh, this makes me think of Matthew 10:28 - "And do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; but rather be afraid of Him who can destroy both soul and body in hell."

  2. inspiring post Jen, great lessons for life.

  3. Excellent example of faith and risk. Love your photo, too!

  4. What a great post! I pray that I will always have the strength & confidence to follow my convictions, too.

  5. I love this story and reminder. I moved a year ago and finally found a church that I like. I went yesterday. Yay! Felt so good to be there and closer to God again. Hey...I made the petite turkey lasagna this weekend. This time for myself. Loved them!

  6. Oh yes! You just never know how HE will use you!


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