The story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the Bible is full of inspiration and powerful lessons for us to learn from. The story can be found in the book of Daniel Ch 3 and tells us about three men who stood by the truth even at the point of death.
Let us learn some important lessons from the lives of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego:
1. Be excellent
These three young men were excellent in all they did and that is why they were sought out by the rulers of the kingdom they were in. The young men were serving a ruler who had killed their family members and taken them as slaves.
They did not agree with his policies or his values but chose to honor God and serve with excellence. It was their excellence that had given them a platform to speak before the king. IWhen you excel at work, home, church or in the community, it gives you a platform from where you can speak to others about God.
2. Trials build you up
When you go through difficult times it doesn’t mean that God is absent or is punishing you for something. He has bigger and better plans for your life and allows you to go through difficult times sometimes to work on areas of your life that you are weak in.
Christians feel that God is punishing them for some sins they have committed when trials and tribulations enter their lives but that is all part of God’s bigger plan for your life and that’s a time for building up your faith in Him.
3. Give God the glory through your testimony
God will allow you to go through the fire just like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego to suffer so that through their suffering their testimony would showcase the glory of God.
When we go through the fire, we must reach out to God for help and relief immediately, and even if the relief doesn’t come and there is no happy ending, we must hold onto Him and accept His plan for our lives. The world is watching your life and seeing what your faith in God looks like, we must not quit but stand firm in the midst of the fire to keep our testimony strong.
4. Look for Jesus
Instead of praying to God to remove you from the fire, just look for Jesus in the fire. Instead of praying for relief, you must know that Jesus is right there with you. As children of God, we are the hands and feet of Jesus and must reach out to others who are struggling in their trials and tribulations.
We have to do life together in a community and must extend a helping hand to others around us because Jesus is right there with us in every situation.