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The king of Babylon commanded everyone to bow down and worship the golden statue, and had three Jewish men thrown in the furnace when they refused. These men bravely said, โ€œour ๐†๐จ๐ ๐ฐ๐ก๐จ๐ฆ ๐ฐ๐ž ๐ฌ๐ž๐ซ๐ฏ๐ž ๐ข๐ฌ ๐š๐›๐ฅ๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐๐ž๐ฅ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ ๐ฎ๐ฌ from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of your hand, O king. ๐๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ข๐Ÿ ๐ง๐จ๐ญ, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set upโ€ (Danielโ€ฌ โ€ญ3:17-18โ€ฌ).


In the face of death, these men held onto truth without even the promise of deliverance. They knew God could save them, but had no assurance that in His divine wisdom He would.


At the kingโ€™s command, ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฒ ๐ฐ๐ž๐ซ๐ž ๐›๐จ๐ฎ๐ง๐ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐š๐›๐ฌ๐จ๐ฅ๐ฎ๐ญ๐ž๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ก๐ž๐ฅ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ. I feel that way often. Iโ€™m guessing you do too.

They chose to trust God as they were literally thrown into a fiery furnace that had been heated up seven times hotter than normal. But the most amazing thing happened, as they walked around in flames, a 4th heavenly being was seen with them.


When everyone โ€œgathered around, they saw that ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ซ๐ž ๐ก๐š๐ ๐ง๐จ ๐ž๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐ž๐œ๐ญ ๐จ๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐›๐จ๐๐ข๐ž๐ฌ of these men: not a hair of their heads was ๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐ ๐ž๐, their robes were ๐ฎ๐ง๐š๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐ž๐œ๐ญ๐ž๐, and there was ๐ง๐จ ๐ฌ๐ฆ๐ž๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ซ๐ž ๐จ๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฆ.โ€ In fact, the fire freed them from their bondage. Sometimes God delivers us from the trial, but sometimes He uses the experience of the trial to deliver us.


The king exclaimed, โ€œPraise to the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego! He sent his angel and ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐œ๐ฎ๐ž๐ ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐ฌ๐ž๐ซ๐ฏ๐š๐ง๐ญ๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ก๐จ ๐ญ๐ซ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐ข๐ง ๐ก๐ข๐ฆโ€ and even went on to declare โ€œ๐…๐จ๐ซ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ž ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ง๐จ ๐จ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ ๐ ๐จ๐ ๐ฐ๐ก๐จ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐š๐›๐ฅ๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐๐ž๐ฅ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ ๐ฅ๐ข๐ค๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ฌโ€ (Danielโ€ฌ โ€ญ3:27-29โ€ฌ).


Mental illness puts a target on your back. With a mind bent toward despair, the enemy knows hopelessness is an easy temptation. Hopelessness threatens faith and can leave even a child of God searching for a way to escape the pain no matter the cost. But hereโ€™s the thing, even in the fiery furnace of depression, God is walking around with us. Perhaps He doesnโ€™t rescue you from having to go through the experience of the flames, but He never leaves you during the trial. If our trust in Him is not dependent on our circumstances, others will undoubtedly glorify the Lord because of your witness. Even the king of Babylon declared that there was no other god besides our God who can deliver like He does.


And when you do come out of the furnace of affliction, know that even if the illness aspect remains - for we do live in fallen bodies - the enemyโ€™s stronghold can be destroyed through Jesus. We can walk spiritually unharmed and without even a the smell of fire on us.


If you are in the fire today, donโ€™t yield. Choose to trust in the character of God, His sure promises, and His unmatched wisdom. No matter what happens to us, we know that God is in control. He can prevent trials from happening, but even if He doesnโ€™t, He is still good.

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