shadrach_meshach_abednegoThere is a certain type of fiery trial where the cause of your difficulties is your pursuit of God and His purpose for your life.

It seems that staying on track with God is getting you into trouble!

It may be a trial of transition, where there is a sense of God’s call and purpose that has not yet been fulfilled in your life and ministry. It may be spiritual warfare.

You may be asking, ‘Father, what are You doing? Here I am in this fiery trial and the very opposite of what You said would happen—Your prophetic word—seems to be taking place!’

In times like this, we can receive encouragement from God’s word, and the story of heroes of the faith who underwent similar trials, persevered and experienced breakthrough—heroes like Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego

Through the Fire: 5 Lessons from Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego

1. Give God Your Best in Every Season

These 3 Jewish young men were amongst the finest in the Kingdom of Judah—intelligent, good-looking, and of royal heritage. They were taken captive by King Nebuchadezzar, made eunuchs, and taken to Babylon to be trained up for the pagan king’s service. (Dan 1:1-7)

In such tragic circumstances, they could have lost heart. They could not yet see God’s purpose in their relocation to Babylon. And yet they chose to live with an excellent spirit, to honour God and to serve Him in the midst of darkness and captivity.

No matter what circumstance, transition or trial you are going through right now, God’s promise is that He is working all things together for good. He is the author and finisher of your faith and His hand is on you. Don’t wait for a ‘better future.’ Give God your best right now and you will see your faithfulness rewarded.

2. Don’t Underestimate the Power of Integrity

In spite of their immersion into the Babylonian culture and the pressure they came under, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego stayed true to their Jewish heritage and faith in God. They refused to eat the king’s food or to worship the golden statue. (Daniel chapters 1, 3)

These men’s lives were marked by integrity.

To have integrity means that your actions are always consistent with your inner beliefs and core values. Keeping your integrity may sometimes get you persecuted. But integrity is powerful—ultimately, having integrity means that you will be someone that God trusts with His anointing, power and promotion.

3. Receive and Display God’s Anointing

God gave Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego special, anointed gifts of wisdom and understanding over and above their natural ability, right there in Babylonian captivity! As a result, they were outstanding and the king accepted them into his service. (Dan 1:17-20)

It doesn’t matter whether you are serving God at home, in the marketplace, in employment, in government, in education or in ministry in church life. You don’t need to wait for a new season or better opportunity. Let the light of the Spirit shine through you. Receive and display God’s anointing and gifts on your life. You will be an influencer, doors of favour will open before you, and God will get the glory.

4. Jesus is in the Fire with you

Refusing to worship a golden statue nearly resulted in death for Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. In a furious rage, King Nebuchadnezzar ordered that they be thrown into a fiery furnace. But as they tumbled into the furnace the King saw them walking freely in the flames, accompanied by a fourth Man. The only thing destroyed by the fire was the cords that bound them. (Dan 3)

Your worship is the highest and most valuable thing you have to give—give it to God alone. And when it feels as though you have been cast into a furnace of trial and affliction, know that Jesus is with you. This situation has not taken Him by surprise. He is your Saviour and Deliverer. The fiery trial is allowed by God to bring Him the greater glory, and you the greater freedom, and so that others may see Jesus in and with you.

5. Nothing can Steal Your Prophetic Identity

The original Hebrew names of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were Hananiah, meaning ‘Jehovah has given’, Mishael, meaning ‘Who is like God’, and Azariah, meaning ‘Whom Jehovah helps.’ [1] Their original names honoured God, but in captivity, they were renamed after the gods of Babylon.

The system of Babylon could take away their names, but it could not destroy their prophetic identity. There were shades of meaning in their Hebrew names that were prophetic for their future:

  • ‘Jehovah has given’ – God gave them His anointing, gifts and favour
  • ‘Who is like God’ – the king described the fourth man who walked in the fire as one who ‘looks like a son of the gods’ (Dan 3:25b)
  • ‘Whom Jehovah helps’ – God helped and delivered them in their hour of greatest need

The enemy hates your prophetic identity and Kingdom citizenship and will seek to rob you of it. The world and circumstances will seek to pressure you into its own likeness. But as you choose to honour God and keep your integrity—staying true to who you are and Whose you are—your destiny will be fulfilled.


[1] For dictionary definitions from the Eastons Bible Dictionary, see Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah

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10 thoughts on “Through The Fire To Greater Glory: 5 Lessons from Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego”

  1. Would appreciate prayer. Am having an extremely difficult time in a lot of areas in my life at the moment.

    1. Hi Debra, sorry to hear that, we will pray for you. May your awareness of Jesus’ grace and Presence increase at this time.

  2. Thank u for such inspiring sharing….I would really love to be prayed for….there is so much going on in my life and i can see that the enemy is not happy with wat God is about to do in my life….and i find it difficult to read God’s word and to pray this days….

  3. Hi Judy, Khethiwe, praying for you to know His touch of healing, strength and restoration. Our team will pray for you.

  4. Dear Helen, thank you for you r inspiring and uplifting Godly words. As I was reading , I said to myself I hope there is someway I can thank Helen , and here it is. I also thank Our Lord…. Thank you Helen . Sincerely, Arthur

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