We are living in a time of shaking. But I have some wonderful news for you…idols may be big, but they don’t have any power. Human rulers may be strong, but they cannot stand against God. Disease may be serious, but it bows before the Great Physician. Times are hard, but God is good.
One of the first stories children learn in Sunday school is the story of the three Hebrew children in the fiery furnace. Nebuchadnezzar built an idol of gold that was 90 feet tall, and he commanded everyone to bow down and worship it. But Shadrack, Meshack, and Abednego refused. Because the king liked them, he gave them a second chance. Their second refusal was stronger than the first.
They said, “O King, we do not need to defend ourselves. The God we serve is able to save us. He will rescue us by His power from you but even if He doesn’t, we want to make it clear to you that we will never worship the golden statue that you have made!”
Now that is the response of a person who is standing on a rock, walking with the Lord, and filled with the Holy Ghost! That is a person who has the Word burning in his or her soul, and who is walking in repentance.
Their answer outraged the king. He commanded the furnace to be heated seven times hotter than before. It was so hot that it killed the soldiers who threw Shadrack, Meshack, and Abednego into it. But it didn’t touch them! King Nebuchadnezzar leaped to his feet in amazement and asked his advisers, “Weren’t there three men that we tied up and threw into the fire?” They replied, “Certainly, your Majesty.” He said, “Look! I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed, and the fourth looks like a son of the gods.”
Not only did those faithful Hebrews not burn up, they weren’t touched! What a truth for troubled times. Their hair wasn’t singed, their robes weren’t scorched…you couldn’t even smell the smoke! That is God’s deliverance, and that is what He has for those who will refuse to worship idols and instead walk in repentance and holiness before His face.
There is no other god who can rescue you like this. You see, saints, God is raising up fireproof Believers who refuse to worship idols, Believers who will smile in the face of the fire! A great awakening is coming. But as David Wilkerson said, it’s coming through repentance, and it is going to begin in the pulpits of America, and it is going to shake the world. Hallelujah!