The king put the three Hebrew boys into the fiery furnace. Daniel Chapter 3 says that the furnace was heated seven times hotter than usual. In our last post we talked about fear and how fear was what led the king to tie up the boys. We see her consistence with the fear theme in that furnace was heated seven times hotter than usual. So, what did the king think – that the fire wouldn’t burn them burnt enough if it is heated as it usually is? Fire is fire and all you need to burn is fire.
Faith should always rule over fear. The king was so scared that the boys would not burn . . . and he wanted to make sure that they burned, that he heated the furnace so hot that the men who threw the boys in died. Movement by fear always causes an exaggeration of an effect and an “overdoing” of the wrong action. Have you ever seen someone do something completely wrong, but do it wrong in a major way? This is what happens when fear is the motivator.
For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7 NLT
We need to be sure that we understand that the spirit of fear does not come from God. We need to be sure that we do not allow the spirit of fear to manifest. We know that perfect love casts out all fear and we know that God gave us power, love and self-discipline.
Moving out of fear is an energy and time waster. The king could have been getting to know the God of Daniel and his friends instead of being angry that they did not bow to his god.
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