Read Daniel 3:1-30
What they did not see were the details.
“O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and he will rescue us from your hand . . .” (Daniel 3:16-17).
But faith eyes made Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego sure of what they hoped for. That was the faith that showed them just enough to conquer flames and quench fury.
We find fury throughout this story of three men and their unwavering faith. Their refusal to bow to King Nebuchadnezzar’s huge trophy made him furious (v13). Later, their immovable stance filled the king with such fury that his entire countenance changed (v19). Then there is the fire. The flames were so furious they killed any and all who even came close. Any and all, that is, but our three heroes of faith.
The fury failed to touch any part of the trio, though. We learn from Hebrews 11:33 that their faith is what quenched it. “(W)ho through faith . . . quenched the fury of the flames . . .” (Hebrews 11:33).
Dropped into a raging fire because of a tyrant’s raging jealousy, these three knew that they knew that God would take care of them. They knew He would come to their rescue, whether on this side of eternity or the other. So they stood strong and did not forsake the God they served.
“But even if he does not, we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up” (v18).
Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego knew that their God would not forsake them. And by faith they chose to see that truth. They chose to see the truth and live accordingly.
I wonder if they got nervous when King Nebuchadnezzar ordered the furnace seven times hotter. I wonder if their stomachs turned a little bit as they were tied up. Did they wonder why God had not rescued them from the heat? Did they scream as they fell into the furnace?
I don’t know.
I know this, though: God did rescue them. He just didn’t rescue them from the flames.In fact, he let them fall straight in. He let them fall into the furious flames fully clothed. Then He rescued them from the fury which He used their faith to quench.
Faith does that. It extinguishes fires of all kinds. Sure, it might enrage the fury of some, but faith that chooses to see like God sees quenches the fury inside that terrifies us and make us want to run the other way. If only we would live with certainty of what we do not see, we would live fury-free, untouched by the rage of what the eyes on our faces see.