Then Nebuchadnezzar was furious with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, and his attitude toward them changed. He ordered the furnace heated seven times hotter than usual and commanded some of the strongest soldiers in his army to tie up Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego and throw them into the blazing furnace. So these men, wearing their robes, trousers, turbans and other clothes, were bound and thrown into the blazing furnace. 22 The king’s command was so urgent and the furnace so hot that the flames of the fire killed the soldiers who took up Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, and these three men, firmly tied, fell into the blazing furnace. (Daniel 3:19-23)
“We must learn to take God at His Word, and go straight on in duty, although we see no way in which we can go forward. The reason we are so often balked by difficulties is that we expect to see them removed before we try to pass through them. If we would move straight on in faith, the path would be opened for us. We stand still, waiting for the obstacle to be removed, when we ought to go forward as if there were no obstacles.” (Evening Thoughts, Streams in the Desert)
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego did not wait for the difficulty of the burning inferno to be removed. They took God at His Word and moved forward as if there were no obstacle. They must have hoped and prayed that God would spare them- that the fire would miraculously burn out, that the king would change his mind, for an earthquake, a flood, anything to avoid what was about to happen. But God had much bigger things in mind for the ending of this story. Stay tuned.