Through The Fire To Greater Glory: 5 Lessons from Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego

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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Your Prophetic Word And Spiritual Warfare

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

  1. Debra Mullins

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

    1. Helen Calder Post author

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

  2. judy

    Like Debra, my hope , my faith n desire to live is at point zero.
    all areas of my life is one big mess

  3. Khethiwe

    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….

  4. Helen Calder Post author

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

  5. Arthur Mavros

    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

  6. Susan Stiles

    I thank God for these words, and thank you Helen for posting them:) My experience of God has been exactly that – stepping out and almost losing everything – but I can now assuredly vouch for the Father’s utter and complete faithfulness through it and in it. Before I opened this email, I read Oswald Chambers devotional for today which also spoke helpful insights about obedience (and the reasons for obedience still even when we are confused by the results of our discipleship):
    The Mystery of Believing

    He said, “Who are You, Lord? —Acts 9:5

    Through the miracle of redemption, Saul of Tarsus was instantly changed from a strong-willed and forceful Pharisee into a humble and devoted bondservant of the Lord Jesus.

    There is nothing miraculous or mysterious about the things we can explain. We control what we are able to explain, consequently it is only natural to seek an explanation for everything. It is not natural to obey, yet it is not necessarily sinful to disobey. There can be no real disobedience, nor any moral virtue in obedience, unless a person recognizes the higher authority of the one giving the orders. If this recognition does not exist, even the one giving the orders may view the other person’s disobedience as freedom. If one rules another by saying, “You must do this,” and, “You will do that,” he breaks the human spirit, making it unfit for God. A person is simply a slave for obeying, unless behind his obedience is the recognition of a holy God.

    Many people begin coming to God once they stop being religious, because there is only one master of the human heart— Jesus Christ, not religion. But “Woe is me” if after seeing Him I still will not obey (Isaiah 6:5 , also see Isaiah 6:1). Jesus will never insist that I obey, but if I don’t,I have already begun to sign the death certificate of the Son of God in my soul. When I stand face to face with Jesus Christ and say, “I will not obey,” He will never insist. But when I do this, I am backing away from the recreating power of His redemption. It makes no difference to God’s grace what an abomination I am, if I will only come to the light. But “Woe is me” if I refuse the light (seeJohn 3:19-21).

  7. Helen Calder Post author

    Thank you Susan, your life is a testimony of God’s faithfulness! (Great quote by Oswald Chambers)

  8. jose ramos

    Hna.Helen Calder,gracias por dedicarme unas lineas las cuales son de mucha ayuda para mi en este tiempo de frustacion y en ocasionesen que no se que debo hacer,a pesar de ello me encuentro muy firme no solo en Cristo,sino tambien acerca de mi llamado apostolico profetico…He tenido dos sueños: llego a una casa y dejo mis pertenencias para mas tarde salir del lugar e irme al centro de la ciudad,pero al tratar de regresarme al lugar que habia llegado,resulta que no recuerdo la direccion…pregunto aqui y alla a personas que estan en la calleacerca de la direccion ,doy señas,pero nadie conoce el lugar,algunos me informan que vaya a una construccion en donde veo a trabajadores jovenes quienes me reciben amablemente y les pregunto si conocen tal lugar,hago lo mismo dando señas,segun yo del lugar a donde quiero regresar,noto que la construccion es nueva,hay mucha madera aqui y alla y toda es nueva…los trabajadores me tratan bien a pesar de que no me conocen…termina sueño…el otro,es que me encuentro en una ciudad, visitando tiendas para buscar un objeto que en ningun lugar he hallado,voy aqui y alla,pero nada encuentro …termia sueño…
    lei con detenimiento la reflexion que me envio,creo que mucho de ello lo estoy viviendo en carne propia,quiero decirle que a pesar de ello estoy firme en Cristo y en mi llamado que el Señor ha puesto en mi,pido al E.S. discernimiento para saber contra que o quienes estoy luchando,pues en ocasiones como le mencionaba anteriormente estoy en una camisa de fuerza,deseo servir ya a mi Señor,pero El me ha dicho que debo esperar,esperar…y esto en ocasiones hace que pierda los estribos y actue en forma caprichosa,algo semejante a Jonas.Decia mensajes atras que debido a una emfermedad me retire de el Ministerio,hace ya algunos años,todo este tiempo de espera ha sido de mucha oracion y ayuno delante del Señor para que me suelte y pueda servirle mejor que antes…y vuelvo a escuchar las mismas palabras:ESPERA JOSE,ESPERA!!!,quiero decirle que el profeta aleman en la profecia personal que me dio dijo que yo era un apostol y profeta para esta generacion,para este tiempo,para estas circunstancias…He clamado al Señor,por favor dejame ya salir y servirte,este tiempo sera mejor que el primero,y oigo la voz de nuevo diciendome:ESPERA JOSE,ESPERA.
    Aunado a este deseo ferviente de servir a mi Señor ,otros problemas se han sumado a mi vida,algunos fisicos de los cuales el Señor me ha librado en forma maravillosa,le he dado gracias por ello. Soy un visoño apostol y profeta a las naciones que carece de experiencia, a pesar de tener mis años en el ministerio como pastor.Hna Helen,agradezco en todo lo que cabe su valiosa ayuda para este su servidor que nesecita guianza en este ministerio que el Señor me ha dado por su Misericordia y favor…QUIERA EL AYUDARME PARA SER TODO AQUELLO QUE EL HA PUESTO EN MI CORAZON PARA ESTE TIEMPO Y ESTA GENERACION Y LAS CIRCUNSTANCIAS TAN ESPECIALES QUE SE VIVE HOY EN NUESTRO CONTEXTO…le protesto una vez mas mi agradecimiento como mis poraciones por usted y su ministerio y los miembros de su familia…Una disculpa por no haber dado respuesta pronta su mensaje anterior.Grcias.

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