The following devotional is the final of a short series focusing on Daniel 3: Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the fiery furnace.
"Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the province of Babylon." (Dan 3:30)
We've gotten to the end of a beautiful story. Three Hebrew men stand up for their faith in the face of extreme persecution. They are punished, but God intervenes and miraculously makes it so that they are not even singed when they are thrown into the fiery furnace. The king is so moved by what he witnesses, that he gives glory to God and orders everyone under his rule to honor God as well. Wonderful story with a perfect ending.
Oh. I nearly forgot the "bonus"!
After it was all said and done, the Bible records that Shadrach, Mechach and Abednego received a promotion ("Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the province of Babylon." Dan. 3:30)! Not only was God glorified, not only was a heathen king humbled into worshipping God, not only did the king make a decree that everyone must honor God, bug God also gave these faithful young men a "bonus"!
My friends, God is the same yesterday, today and forever. The same God who arranged for the promotion of these men has a "bonus" in store for you too. All you have to do is to stand firm in your faith!
Love in Christ,