Listen to today’s devo!

Then Nebuchadnezzar was furious . . . and his attitude toward them changed. He ordered the furnace heated seven times hotter than usual. (Dan. 3:19)

Expanded Passage: Daniel 3:19-23

As a young mom, I struggled with anger. I imagine I’m not alone in this. Perhaps your kids, like mine, sometimes behaved differently than you desired. If you’re like me, perhaps you tried time-outs, wooden spoons, vinegar for backtalk, confiscating favorite toys, or the loud-mouthed, “You’ll sit at this table until you’ve finished your peas” mantra. None of them worked quite like I’d hoped. After my first discipline attempts failed, and they glared back at me or struggled out of my grip, I’d lose control, and sometimes in my anger, say things in shrill pitches that I’m not proud of, while silently wishing for consequences that surely wouldn’t be good for any human to endure. I hope they don’t remember these times in our history together.

King Nebuchadnezzar experienced a similar moment as he stood face-to-face with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. He lost control; the image of his face changed before their eyes. The words from his lips spelled doom for the three men, who confidently honored their God, come what may. The furnace’s heat increased, matching the king’s heightened fury. And the men, bound head to toe, were thrown into the furnace by soldiers who themselves died from the tremendous heat.

Their fate was sealed. History had been recorded. Nebuchadnezzar had won.

The story’s not done though. Even in the doom, God had a plan.

When faced with an adversary’s fury, leave it in God’s hands.

Jamie Hilty lives in northern Indiana with her pastor-husband, Josh. She spends her days reading aloud to her kids, planning retreats, and avoiding the dishes.

© 2023 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission. Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®.