We’ve all heard the Bible story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego. Have you heard it recently? If not, I want to encourage you to go back and read it today in Daniel chapter three and apply it to your own life.
The past year and a half has felt like a fiery furnace to most of us. Our world circumstances have affected our lives in very common ways, yet we all have unique stories to tell. Some have experienced isolation, loneliness, and fear. Others have lost a loved one or have become ill themselves. Depression has touched our families in one way or another.
I could go into more detail, but I know you understand exactly what I’m talking about. We have been in the furnace these past eighteen months. There has been unrest and uncertainty like we’ve never seen before in our nation.
There is no place to go, except to our knees and to God’s Word.
The three men in King Nebuchadnezzar’s kingdom were cast into a fiery furnace for taking their stand for truth and for God—but they did not perish. Their clothes weren’t even singed. God showed up and in the end He received the Glory.
The king saw God’s power and Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego were promoted to a higher position of service.
If you’re living in fear today, take heart and be assured that God sees you just as He saw the three men in the furnace. He is right there walking around in the fire with you. Your clothes aren’t even singed because He is supernaturally protecting you. You are coming out—untouched by the flames!
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.” “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.” Daniel 3:24—25