Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah were taken from captive from Jerusalem to Babylon by King Nebuchadnezzar along with Daniel. They were given new names by their captors - Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. The Bible tells us that they were young, physically fit, good looking and intelligent. God gave the men wisdom and knowledge and the King put them in charge of Babylon.
King Nebuchadnezzar made a huge statue and commanded everyone to bow down to it. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego refused to bow down because they believed in God. They told the King, “Your Majesty, we don’t need to defend ourselves. The God we worship can save us from you and your flaming furnace. But even if he doesn’t, we still won’t worship your gods and the gold statue you have set up” (Daniel 3:16-18).
Long story, short - they were thrown into a fiery furnace. Even though the guards who threw them in died from the heat, the three young men were not harmed. While they were in the furnace, the King saw a fourth person with them (either Jesus or an angel). King Nebuchadnezzar said, "Praise their God for sending an angel to rescue his servants! They trusted their God and refused to obey my commands. Yes, they chose to die rather than to worship or serve any god except their own" (Daniel 3:28).
Short and sweet inspirations for Christian teen girls.