Let’s pick up again with the fiery furnace in Daniel 3. King Nebuchadnezzar becomes even more enraged at Daniel’s friends’ display of faith and orders them to be tied up and thrown into the fire. The flames were so hot that the soldiers who threw the men in were killed, but the king sees four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed. He orders them to come out of the fire saying, “Praise be to the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who has sent his angel and rescued his servants! They trusted in him and defied the king’s command and were willing to give up their lives rather than serve or worship any god except their own God.” (Daniel 3: 19-30)
What an amazing impact our faith can have on others. We live in a fallen world. Trouble is going to come. We may cry out, “Why are you letting this happen God?” We may pray for Him to change our circumstances. And He might. Or He might let us get thrown into that refining fire, so our faith can shine through and bring the greater glory. When we exercise faith through difficult circumstances, it not only makes the situation more bearable for us, but it can also serve as a great encouragement to others—even those who don’t yet believe, like ol’ King Neb.
“So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you have to endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.” (1 Peter 1:6-7)