Scripture: Daniel 3:
19 Then Nebuchadnezzar was furious with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, and his attitude toward them changed. He ordered the furnace heated seven times hotter than usual 20 and commanded some of the strongest soldiers in his army to tie up Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego and throw them into the blazing furnace. 21 So these men, wearing their robes, trousers, turbans and other clothes, were bound and thrown into the blazing furnace. 22 The king’s command was so urgent and the furnace so hot that the flames of the fire killed the soldiers who took up Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, 23 and these three men, firmly tied, fell into the blazing furnace.
24 Then King Nebuchadnezzar leaped to his feet in amazement and asked his advisers, "Weren’t there three men that we tied up and threw into the fire?"
They replied, "Certainly, Your Majesty."
25 He said, "Look! I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed, and the fourth looks like a son of the gods."
Observation: You may have to walk through the fire, but God will not let you go alone.
Application: What a great story this is! These three great men of faith who would not comprimise their loyalty to God are cast into the fiery furnace but are not consumed, and they are not alone. There is with them in the fire, a fourth man who is like the son of God.
How often do we feel that we are cast into the fire of affliction and heartache, of trials and tribulations, of suffering and pain? We face our own Nebuchadnezzar in various forms, sometimes we face him in the form of friends who would lead us away from God, we face him in our society and in our culture, we face him in the media and even in the guise of religion. Remember it was worship that Nebuchadnezzar required from the three.
If we stand firm in faith and rely on God to be there with us no matter what we face we can be sure that He will lead us through the fiery furnace and out again safely. If you go through the fire with Jesus, nothing can ever hurt you.
Prayer: Lord Almighty,
Thank you for walking with me through the difficult times of life. Thank you for leading me through the fires and into the safety of your mercy and grace time and time again. Forgive me when I fail to put all my trust in you, forgive me when I fail to show you the full respect that I should and when I falter in the face of trouble. Give me the strength of the men in this scripture so that I may be strong even in the face of danger, mocking, and rebuke, and let the fiery flames that are meant for harm only burn off my bonds and free me more for your service.