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.” He said, “Look!” I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed, and the fourth looks like the Son of God.” Daniel 3:24-25
Not many of us, perhaps, will face tests as great as Shadrach, Meshach, or Abednego on the day when the king threw them into a fiery furnace. Even so, tests will come. temptations will come. And many of those moments of great testing will come when you are alone, with no one looking.
We’re foolish if we think we can stand up to temptation-the lure of the world, our own flesh, and the Devil-in our strength and wisdom. We need help from on high.
The key to the courage and serenity of these three teenagers in the midst of those flames were their Companion? Nebuchadnezzar said it best: “The form of the fourth is like the Son of God.”
I don’t know that Nebuchadnezzar necessarily realized that this fourth person in the flames was Jesus Christ. I don’t know what he thought. All he knew was that he tossed three men in a blazing furnace, and they were walking around in the fire like it was a Sunday stroll in the park. And someone else was walking with them.
Just that quickly, the king didn’t want to mess with these guys anymore. he had great respect (not necessarily belief at that point, yet respect) for the God they represented.
Are you in a fiery trial right now? Are you in the hot waters of temptation? Know this You aren’t alone in life. Jesus is there with you each step of the way, Jesus said, “Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20) And again, “I will never leave you or forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5)
Take your stand for the Lord in things great and small, and even though you may feel the heat, your Companion will never leave your side.
Grace and Peace to You My Friends