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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.” 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, 27 and the satraps, prefects, governors and royal advisers crowded around them. They saw that the fire had not harmed their bodies, nor was a hair of their heads singed; their robes were not scorched, and there was no smell of fire on them. 28 Then Nebuchadnezzar said, “Praise be to the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who has sent his angel and rescued his servants! They trusted in him and defied the king’s command and were willing to give up their lives rather than serve or worship any god except their own God. 29 Therefore I decree that the people of any nation or language who say anything against the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego be cut into pieces and their houses be turned into piles of rubble, for no other god can save in this way.” Daniel 3 : 19 – 29 NIV
Sometimes it seems like the odds are stacked against you. It feels like the fire you’re about to enter is seven times worse than any you’ve faced before. This time, you really can’t see a way out. The scripture tells us that the king ordered the fire to be seven times hotter than usual. In the Bible, the number seven was used to denote A LOT. So in essence the king instructed that the fire be as hot as possible. To have no mercy on the three Hebrews. The king used his strongest soldiers to tie up Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. There are times when it feels like the enemy has pulled out all the stops. Like he’s coming at you with everything he’s got. But even then, he’s no match for Almighty God. The Bible says the fire was so hot that it killed the soldiers who had taken the three Hebrews to be thrown in. The very thing the enemy means for evil, God will turn around for your good. The very weapons the enemy forms against you will be his demise. The God of all Creation is your covering and protection – even from the hottest of fires. The deepest of trouble. The darkest of nights.
The king was the first to notice that there was a fourth person in the fire. It appeared to him to be a heavenly being. Sometimes the fire you’re facing isn’t about you. It’s about who’s watching God’s redemptive power unfold in your life. It’s about the testimony that comes without you saying a word as you are delivered from the fire before someone’s very eyes. Someone who God was pursuing with His love. Someone who couldn’t be reached without seeing God rescue you. The king called Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego out of the fire to come to him. These Hebrew men who were tied up by the king’s strongest soldiers, were somehow able to walk out of the fire to go to the king. No matter how the enemy tries to keep you bound in doubt, fear, anxiety, worry – whom the Son has set free, is free indeed! There is no chain the enemy can try to put on you that is stronger than the resurrection power of Jesus at work on the inside of you! And no matter how hot the flames – no matter how harsh the challenges may be, know that God is with you. His Word says He will NEVER leave you. NEVER forsake you. Never means – not ever. Though you may feel alone. You need to know He is with you. A very present help in times of trouble.
When Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego emerged from the fire, all the kings advisers marveled at the fact that there was no sign the men had ever been in a fire. If they hadn’t seen the three Hebrews thrown into the fire with their own eyes they would have doubted it happened at all. The scripture says not a hair on their heads was singed, no harm to their bodies or clothes. Not even the smell of fire was on them. You see, when God redeems you from trouble, there is no trace of it. People can’t even tell what you’ve been through by looking at you because God has wiped away every tear. He’s redeemed all the years you thought were wasted. Restored your soul. Not even a whiff of the past remains. No matter how bad things look right now, you need to know that God will rescue you. He is with you, caring for you, even in the midst of the fire. The mistake we make is assuming that God doesn’t love us because He allowed us to go into the fire in the first place! Too many of us say we want to see God’s hand at work. We want to see miracles done in our lives. But we also want to be spared from any situation that would warrant the miraculous. We want to avoid anything so dire. Yet it’s in those very circumstances that we are able to to see the matchless power of Almighty God manifest in our lives. It’s undeniable to those around. What a testimony! What glory it brings to God! And what a wonderful opportunity the fire is. To be able to know God from experience, not just reading about Him. Or hearing other people’s stories. But knowing that you know your God is real and powerful and loving. Because He has been all that for you! What an honor to be able to walk through life’s fires with our Father by our side!
Today let’s not lose sight of the fact that we have hope, no matter how the fires rage. Because our God is with us in the midst. Even as we emerge, we will be a testament to God’s power and love. We go though the fire, yet because of our Father’s love and power, we emerge unscorched.
Love & Blessings,