“There is no other god who is able to rescue in this way.” (3:29)
This story is one of any prime examples of what it looks like to only fear the LORD. Our boys did not fearfully give in to idolatry and were miraculously saved (although they agreed it was worth it to die).
What about these men who threw them in? They feared Nebuchadnezzar and were fully obedient to him. What was their fate? They became collateral damage at no bother to their king.
The LORD is altogether different. He is the king who wades into the fire with His people.
He took the richest, most successful and powerful king in the world and brought him to animal knees. What does it say about God, that after Nebuchadnezzar’s humiliation he says this?:
“His dominion is an everlasting dominion, and His kingdom endures from generation to generation; all the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing, He does according to His will in all the host of heaven and in the inhabitants of the earth; and none can stay His hand or say to Him, ‘What have you done?'” (4:34-35)
“Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and extol and honor the King of heaven, for all His works are right and all His ways are just; and those who walk in pride He’s able to humble.” (4:37)
Glory to be God! He opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble. The fear of Him is the beginning of wisdom!
Let’s examine our hearts and ask, is there someone else’s opinion I fear more than the LORD’s? Is there something I’ve accomplished or a destination I’ve reached that I believe I got there on my own accord? Let us be thankful for everything and worship our glorious LORD!