Now, in chapter three we find that King Nebuchadnezzar has created a gold idol and has commanded all in the province to kneel down and worship it whenever a daily harp, pipe, zither (stringed musical instrument), or flute is heard.
Now, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego worship the one true God and therefore, do not bow down to the idol God of the King. When Nebuchadnezzar learned of the boys disrespect and what he feels is blatant disobedience, he becomes angry and orders them to be thrown into a blazing furnace. Prior to King Nebuchadnezzar sending the boys to their doom, he confronts Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego and asks "What God will be able to rescue you from my hand?" Their response, "O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it and He will rescue us from your hand, O king. But even if God does not, we will not serve your gods or worship the image of god you have set up." The King, furious with the answer, orders the furnace is to be heated seven times hotter than usual!
The boys are thrown into the fire, God joins them, protects them and they are Saved showing no evidence of ever being thrown into the furace!!!
Summary: Regardless of what we may come up against, when we are in the fight of our lives, being believers in God Power and His dominion over all will protect us, as we are not to worry about the end result because we know who is in control and can triumph over anything or anyone that tries to bring us harm. But, one thing needs to be brought to light and that is that God may choose to let us "feel the burn" in order to cleanse us or bring us closer to Him as He prepares us for the purpose He has for our lives.
During this growing process, we are not to turn to others (idols) to the point of where we place them before God. It is okay to gather advice from someone who believes in Christ but each test is different for each Christian. We must do our best to withstand the test yet, we can ask other believers to pray that we are obedient to God's will. Remember, for all CHRISTIANS, the Holy Spirit is there to guide us and encourage us to Trust God and do His Will.
I heard a great TD Jakes sermon state that we often pray for God to bring us out of trouble. Well, what if it was God who placed us there? God needs to work on our character, show us and/or remind us of His Sovereignty and get us to trust HIM and EARNESTLY BELIEVE that no matter where we are in our Christian Path (whether is a good, bad, or ugly place), He is there to help and give us what we need to successfully finish our Christian Journey.