Three Men & Their Pit Called Furnace

Like Jeremiah, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego find themselves in a pit because they were obedient to God.

But their pit is a bit more extreme in that it has flames. Super stoked, fatally hot, unrelenting killer flames. Their pit was a furnace.

They were thrown in simply because they refused to bow down and worship a statue of the king. This was a bold move at the time. Everyone else was doing it. But our three heroes refused to bow to peer pressure and bow to anything or anyone other than God.

The king gave them one more chance, warning them if they didn’t bow, they would be thrown in the furnace and even God couldn’t save them there. That sounds like a challenge.

“We won’t bow, ever, so go ahead and throw us in… our God can save us.. and even if he doesn’t, that’s ok too!” Even if He doesn’t?

What kind of faith is that?

It was actually pretty big faith. It was a faith that knew that God was not there to serve them, but they existed to serve and worship God. They existed because of God, and they trusted that no matter what happened, He was in control. It was a faith that knew that God’s purposes would prevail, even if it cost them something.

And it appears to have cost them everything. The king is so incensed at their “rebellion” that he demands the furnace to be stoked to seven times hotter than usual. So hot that when the soldiers threw the three men into the flames, the soldiers themselves died from the heat.

But what of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego? They were tied up! How could they survive?

As the king looked in the furnace he saw the men UNTIED, and walking around freely in the flames! But wait! There is someone else in there too And it looks like God!

So it was there, when things were at their bleakest, that the three men met God face to face. Not on some mountaintop, but rather in a pit of fire.

God could have delivered them before it got to that point, I’m sure. But that would have been at best, just an escape that would only have made the king more angry. Perhaps the furnace would have been stoked ten times hotter the next time.

No, this way, although the hard way, was the right way. Because the king saw that there was a God who could save them and in fact did save them. The king’s heart softened and he brought them out of the furnace decreeing that no one could ever talk bad about this God that saved these men. And he promoted the men to higher positions because the king saw God with these men.

  • As you go through the furnaces you may face, think about this, people are watching you.
  • People are wondering how you do it, and when they see how, when they see Jesus walking next to you, not removing the flames but walking with you through them, then that is the stuff that changes hearts and lives.

Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego went through a horrific experience. But they came out better for it, protected and promoted by the king, but really, protected and promoted by the KING!

Devotional: Purpose in the Pit

🗝️ Daniel 3:1-30
🗝️ Isaiah 43:2 “When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.
🗝️ 1 Peter 4:12-13 “Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.

In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopeful. Empowered.}

Your Pit

This is to good to not share. I read this in a devotional this morning. Maybe you are in a “pit” of some sort, maybe your pit is self-inflicted or maybe you simply stood up for righteousness, justice, Truth and it seems like it has cost you. Take courage. Be encouraged. God’s righteousness does prevail. God sees.


Jeremiah ended up in his pit for a most unlikely reason. He was obeying God. The Babylonians were coming to take the people of Jerusalem captive and Jeremiah knew that resistance would be futile. He had it on good authority, God Himself, that the people would be taken captive and he told them so.

This was not the inspiring message the powers that be wanted to hear, but it was the message God had given. As punishment for his “treason”, Jeremiah was lowered into a cistern where he sank deep in the mud, unable to even squirm his way out. His fate looked sealed. Without access to food and water, he would die, stuck in the mud, in the bottom of a pit. All because He spoke words God asked him to speak.

Jeremiah could have remained silent. This was not the first time obeying God had gotten him into trouble, and it wouldn’t be the last. But Jeremiah makes it clear that when God asks him to speak, he can’t stay silent (Jeremiah 20:9).

Your obedience to God may not result in the kind of life-threatening scenarios Jeremiah faced, but it can certainly feel that way sometimes.
Perhaps you lost friends because you wouldn’t engage in gossip. Or maybe you lost a job because you refused to lie for your boss. Perhaps a romantic interest broke up with you because you put God first.

Sometimes obeying God can feel a little bit like being in a pit, but the great news is that God will never leave you there.

In Jeremiah’s case, Ebed-Melech, an Ethiopian court official, was worried that Jeremiah was going to die in the pit and asked the king if he could help. And the king who gave permission to put Jeremiah in the pit now gave permission to rescue him. Ebed-Melech, took a team of 30 men and pulled Jeremiah out. It is speculated that the rescue was risky and that’s why it took 30 men. Some pulled Jeremiah out, while the others kept watch for the ones that originally put him in the pit. The rescue was also compassionate. They even thought to throw down rags to Jeremiah so he could protect his skin from the ropes. In the end, Ebed-Melech and Jeremiah got the same reward. God promised to rescue them and keep them safe.

You may be like Jeremiah, in a pit for no other reason than you were obedient. Or you may be like Ebed-Melech, filled with compassion for someone who has been unjustly treated. Know that God sees you and God will reward you.

Devotional: Purpose In The Pit

Friend, I hope this has been a encouragement to you.

  • Jeremiah walked with God even when it didn’t make sense. He couldn’t help but tell God’s message.
  • God didn’t reward Jeremiah because he was Jeremiah. God rewarded Jeremiah because he obeyed the Word of the Lord, faithfully walked God’s path, and spoke God’s Truths.

Jeremiah actively choose obedience over self-knowledge or feelings; it didn’t matter that he didn’t understand, it matter because God said so.

Jeremiah actively choose to stand for Truth (God’s Truth) even when he was alone. Can we say the same?

God rewards those who choose to faithfully walk by faith and not by sight. God over everything else.

  • Seek God’s Truth.
  • Obey God’s Truth.
  • Proclaim God’s Truth.

You will never go wrong! Remember, God sees. God rewards. Keep the faith. Stand strong. (Jeremiah 38:1-13; 39:15-18)

In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopeful. Empowered.}

Is God Enough?

So, I have been reading this book called Crazy Love by Francis Chan. It was part of a course requirement for my husband’s one doctoral class – it caught my eye. So when he finished reading the book, I asked him if I could borrow it. WOW…my heart!!!! Since reading the book my soul has been greatly rebuked and challenged yet encouraged in the greatness of who God is and how much He so desires me — and YOU!

Today, I’d love to jot down for you a few excerpts from Mr. Chan’s book from pages 41-45 [please note that all bold words within quotation marks are from Crazy Love].

My prayer for you is that through reading these thought provoking reminders they will both challenge and encourage your soul; make you honestly evaluate your own relationship with God; make you question who you ‘think’ God is – or realize if you have created your own idea of God and not truly see who God really is; and help bring your soul to the only place where it should go — bowed down; worshipping God because of who He is; because it belongs to Him, because of who I am – to be awe-struck just as I am.


“When I am consumed by my problem – stressed out about life, mu family, and my job – I actually convey the belief that I think the circumstances are more important than God’s command to always rejoice. [Phil. 4:4]

In other words, when consumed by my circumstances I say…that I have a “right” to disobey God because of the magnitude of my responsibilities…but in God’s eyes this thinking is wrong.

WORRY implies that we don’t quite trust that God is big enough, powerful enough, or loving enough to take care of what’s happening in our lives. [OUCH!!] 

STRESS says that the things we are involved in are important enough to merit our impatience, out lack of grace toward others, or our tight grip of control. [Double OUCH!!] 
Basically, these two behaviors communicate that it’s okay to sin and not trust God because the stuff in my life is somehow exceptional. Both worry and stress reek of arrogance. They declare our tendency to forget that we have been forgiven, that our lives here are brief, that we are headed to a place where we won’t be lonely, afraid, or hurt ever again, and that in the context of God’s strength, our problems are small indeed.

First Corinthians 10:31 says, “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” So what does this mean? Frankly, you need to get over yourself. It might sound harsh, but that’s seriously what it means.

Maybe life’s pretty good for you right now, God has given you this good stuff so that you can show the world a person who enjoys blessings, but who is still totally obsessed with God.

Or maybe life is tough right now, and everything feels like a struggle. God has allowed hard things in your life so you can show the world that your God is great and that knowing Him brings peace and joy, even when life is hard. [Isn’t God Good!?] Like the psalmist who wrote, “I saw the prosperity of the wicked… Surely in vain have I kept my heart pure… When I tried to understand all this it was oppressive to me till I entered the sanctuary of God” (Ps. 73:3; 13, 16-17).

It is easy to become disillusioned with the circumstances of our lives compared to others’. But in the presence of God, He gives us a deeper peace and joy that transcends it all.  

To be brutally honest, it doesn’t really matter what place you find yourself in right now. Your part is to bring Him glory – whether eating a sandwich on a lunch break, drinking coffee at 12:04 a.m. so you can stay awake to study, or watching your four-moth-old take a nap. The point of your life is to point to Him. Whatever you are doing, God wants to be glorified, because this whole thing is His. It is His…World, His Gift.”


“Many of us want a ‘religion’ but don’t want a ‘Christianity’ that touches our lives.” [Pastor Bob Loggans] “We want the world and Jesus too – it doesn’t work that way. We cannot have them both.” [Pastor Richard Woodruff]  I have such great pastors — so blessed & thankful!!

Folks, we have got to decide!

Is it Jesus or not?

What is the point of my life? I already know the answer to that question for God has already told me in His Word. The real question is:

WILL I OBEY?

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Blessings, In Christ I Am SHE {Saved. Hopeful. Empowered.}