Daniel 3: [story so far in column at right]
24 Then King Nebuchadnezzar was astonished; and he rose in haste and spoke, saying to his counselors, "Did we not cast three men bound into the midst of the fire?"
They answered and said to the king, "True, O king."
25 "Look!" he answered, "I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire; and they are not hurt, and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God."
26 Then Nebuchadnezzar went near the mouth of the burning fiery furnace and spoke, saying, "Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, servants of the Most High God, come out, and come here."
Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego came from the midst of the fire.
27 And the satraps, administrators, governors, and the king's counselors gathered together, and they saw these men on whose bodies the fire had no power; the hair of their head was not singed nor were their garments affected, and the smell of fire was not on them. New King James Bible
Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were young men. They had been required as believers in God to worship another god. They refused and suffered the consequences.
Sometimes when we walk with the Lord and we refuse to do things that are against our conscience, there are bad consequences
However, Nebuchadnezzar's plan to punish people who would not be controlled by him, totally backfired. He was fully thrown off guard by what he saw.
Instead of three bound men, he saw four unbound men walking in the middle of the fire. The fourth man looked like Lord Jesus Christ, in His pre-incarnate form, and the fire had no power over any of the men.
You definitely need to know this today: the Son of God enters the fire with those who belong to Him.
He has gone through fiery trials with many believers down through the ages. His promise is: "I will never leave you nor will I ever abandon you!"
David reminds of this in Psalm 23:
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. New King James Bible
Whether it was Paul in prison, Noah in the ark, Daniel in the den of lions or the Apostle John exiled on the island of Patmos, as we trust God, He stands with us in our furnace situations.
You may be going through the furnace of poor finances, a faulty marriage, failing health, wavering friendships or disturbing problems that can't seem to be solved. Maybe you're even be facing Covid19.
Whatever our problem, we need to realize that the Lord is with us. He knows about our situation, especially if we have been talking to Him about it.
When a person is on fire, they tend to run in panic, but we must do like these men and walk in the midst of our flames. In their walk with the Lord in the fire, they were able to experience His peace and His joy.
God is with us in the happy times, but He's also with us in the difficult and uncertain times, like the ones we are facing now.
In Isaiah 43 the Lord tells His people this:
2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you.
When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned,
Nor shall the flame scorch you.
3 For I am the Lord your God, The Holy One of Israel, your Savior . . .
4 Since you were precious in My sight, you have been honored,
And I have loved you . . . New King James Bible
Getting thrown into Nebuchadnezzar's deadly fire had proved to be nothing but a walk in the park. The fire had never touched them.
We can walk in our furnace and the Lord says that He will be with us. This is the time for us to have a walk in the park with God.
These young men left us an example through their actions and the glory God received as a result. They violated the king's command. They risked their lives rather than serve or worship any god except their own. Are you prepared to do the same?
We live in very uncertain times and are beset on every side by things we do not understand and just cannot plan for. The Lord is the only one who knows the future and so we can put our lives into His Hands at all times.
Sometimes thoughts come into our minds that want to frighten us and make us doubt God.
But God allows situations into the lives of His people so that we can experience His peace and joy. And just like Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, we can learn to walk, instead of running in panic through the fiery trial.
Father, I want to thank You and praise You today because You are with me.
Lord, I receive Your peace and Your joy and I give You my heavy burden of uncertainty and fear of the unknown.
Lord Holy Ghost, You are in me and You are growing in Your importance in my life because I have only You to trust. I know that You are going to take me safely over every mountain of uncertainty in these times.
And Lord I refuse to listen to the voice of doom and I intend to walk with You in this fiery situation. And I thank You that the fire will come to an end and I will come out and I will give You glory.
I bless You today Lord, in Jesus' precious name, Amen.
Let us walk with Jesus today, and praise Him.
New inspiration tomorrow, God willing.
and be blessed in all you do today!
See you then!