Why a promotion can lead to a trial!

I know a lot of us have heard the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abend-nego…. if you haven’t here’s a brief recap of Daniel 3:

King Nebuchadnezzar wanted all of Babylon to worship a golden image he made. He called everybody together to come and bow down and worship this golden image. He told them, when you hear this array of music, bow down and worship, or you’ll be thrown into a fiery furnace (no mercy).

So, when the people heard this music, boom, they all bowed down and worshiped this golden image. Well, then a snitch/gossiper (you know the type of person I’m talking about) came up to the king and told him that a few people weren’t bowing down… those people were Shadrach, Meshach, and Abend-nego. The king lost it and commanded them to bow down…. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abend-nego refused to bow down, and said they weren’t afraid because their God would save them.

WELL…. that’s not what the king wanted to hear, so then the king told his people to turn up the fiery furnace aka make it hotter than before! The furnace was SO hot that it KILLED the men that threw the three brave men into the fire!!!

Here’s where the story gets AWESOME…

As Shadrach, Meshach, and Abend-nego are in the furnace, the king sees FOUR men in there… not THREE! He says the FOURTH man looks like the Son of God! Long story short (this phrase is a shout-out to my mother-in-law lol), God saves these three men from the fiery furnace…. God saves them so much, that they don’t even smell like smoke! Not even one BURN anywhere…. remember, the men that threw them in the fiery furnace ended up DYING! After that huge ordeal, you think the king would just kill them, but he was amazed! After they are saved by God, King Nebuchadnezzar ends up PROMOTING them even more and he makes a decree that if anyone talks smack on the true God, they will be put to death! GLORY!

Why am I explaining this to you? Yes, we know that God will never leave us or forsake us, and He will save us from fiery situations!

Yet, I want you to look at Daniel 2, because I feel this is why Shadrach, Meshach, and Abend-nego were targeted.

In Daniel 2, King Nebuchadnezzar has a dream. Not one of his psychics, astrologers, aka new age individuals, can interpret ….. but Daniel can because he has God given wisdom. This in turn caused King Nebuchadnezzar to promote Daniel.

What I feel is looked over before you get to Daniel 3, is Daniel 2:49 (the last verse in Daniel 2).

In Daniel 2:49, Daniel asks the king to set up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abend-nego over the affairs of the province of Babylon. Daniel can do this, because he was just promoted by the king!

Once that happens, in the VERY next chapter, these guys are tested! Do you see, when we get promoted, the devil will use anyone to try and test our loyalty to the Lord – to try and get us derailed and not receive our blessings.

BUT, remember, after Shadrach, Meshach, and Abend-nego DIDN’T bow down, they were in turn promoted even MORE! (Daniel 3:30).

So, when you receive that first promotion/blessing, don’t give in and dismiss what God is doing in your life, even if a fiery test comes right after. God will never leave you nor forsake you. Pass that test and receive even more promotion! God is always faithful!


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