Daniel 3:24-26 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.”
26 Nebuchadnezzar then approached the opening of the blazing furnace and shouted, “Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, servants of the Most High God, come out! Come here!” So Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego came out of the fire,
In this dramatic true bible story of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego…King Nebuchadnezzar was very upset that 3 Jewish friends of Daniel would not bow down to his god which was a gold statue. The king ordered Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego to be killed in a horrible way. They were put into the very hot furnace and when the king saw the outcome of this he was shocked. He wasn’t as shock to see them alive…but I believe he was shocked to see three things:
- They were not tied up.
- There were 4 men walking around in the furnace.
- One of the men looked like a son of the gods.
He didn’t exclaim…Oh they’re alive!… but was shocked that their god revealed himself…in fact Nebuchadnezzar had to confess that their god was the Most High God!! I wanna say here…you go God!…But I’ll stick with…Praise the Lord! God really knows just what to do! I’m so glad He is…my God!!
In a trial…God will:
- Untie you
- Walk around in the trial with you
- He will reveal Himself
(Just take a moment here to reflect on some of your most fiery trials. Did you get out? Well you must have because you’re sitting there reading this today…and in your right mind…I hope…so God came through for you…right?)
There are many purposes for God allowing a trial to come into our lives and one of these purposes as revealed in this story is… to reveal Himself to others.
When I had cancer many people knew about it because many people were praying for me. My surgeon knew of my faith and after I got a gripe of myself after getting the diagnosis…I was ready to live out my faith for this doctor and others to see. God gave me a peace about my situation. This was the untying of my hands. Then He walked around with me in the fire during the two surgeries and I felt His presence.
After the second surgery which was the mastectomy God revealed Himself to me and everyone around me. A few hours after the mastectomy… I woke up and was feeling very good. I had no pain. My doctor came in my room and took one look at me sitting up and smiling and was shocked. His face turned red and his eyes got teary looking. He didn’t expect me to look so well. I had no pain and quick trouble free recovery. This is God revealed!! A seed was planted in this man’s life as well as many other people’s lives. He revealed himself to other Christians around me and my experience increased their faith in what God can and do.
Even though this true bible story happened thousands of years ago…God never changes. What He did back then He can do today. He will be in the fire with you and will reveal Himself to you and others. These bible stories are to help you…to teach you and encourage you on your journey through life.
Life is not easy for anyone the days. We are faced with the rising cost of living, increased crime, health concerns and incredible and dangerous weather pattern changes. This is not to scare you about your future but to remind you to read your bible and gleam from it God’s guidance for you to help you endure to the end. There is no need to go through things with fear…when God is offering to be a support and help with everything that you may go through in this life.
Message for today: Even if you must go through the fire….have no fear….GOD IS NEAR!!
Psalms 23:4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
1Peter 4:12,13 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:
13But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.
“ALL PRAISES TO THE: MOST HIGH GOD!”