Daniel 3:23 KJV
And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace.
The three Hebrews are remembered for the amazing deliverance of the Lord from the furnace. There they were, walking in the midst of the fire, and even greater, the Son of God was walking there with them.
But it must be remembered that, before this amazing deliverance there was first an awful trial.
Before they could walk in the midst of the furnace they first had to fall down into the furnace.
- No doubt many amazing deliverances have been lost because the prospect avoided the preceding fall
- No doubt many a would be victor has never been discovered because he would not first experience defeat
Of course the three never did surrender to Nebuchadnezzar's demand to bow before the idol. Their submission was to God. Though it appeared they were defeated, they were in fact only falling to be caught up into the blessings of the Lord.
Submission to the Lord is the precursor to victory in life.