Last night I read the first 4 chapters of the book of Daniel. I had heard the story of Meshach, Shadrach, and Abednego since I was a kid in sunday school, but it never resonated within me as it did last night.
Nebuchadnezzar had demanded that these three be thrown into the fiery furnace because they refused to obey his command to worship the idol he had set up. They were bound and thrown into the fire, but upon looking, Nebuchadnezzar saw that they were no longer bound and were up walking, and he also noticed the figure of a fourth person whom he said was, “Like the Son of God”. When the three came out of the fire, their clothes were not affected by the fire, not a hair on their heads was singed, and they didn’t even smell like smoke. (Daniel 3:10-27)
Maybe I’m late with this, but this just spoke so beautifully to me. It’s so encouraging. When circumstances arise that threaten to take you through the fire, God won’t always prevent you from being taken through the fire. He didn’t prevent Nebuchadnezzar from throwing them in there, tied up and all. But while you’re in the midst of that fiery trial, God will be right there with you, and loose the ropes that bind you and walk with you to get you through it. And since the one true God you serve is with you, once you come out of the fiery situation, you won’t even look or smell like you’ve been in fire. Through Christ Jesus we are victorious, and He will bring us through the fires we face, enabling us to stand firm in Him and for Him through any situation. Because of our faith in Jesus Christ, we won’t avoid every fire, but we can stand in the midst of a fire and not be consumed!
Christ is King!!!