Daniel 3:16-25 – “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego answered and said to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. 17 If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king. 18 But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up.” 19 Saved in Fiery Trial Then Nebuchadnezzar was full of fury, and the expression on his face changed toward Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego. He spoke and commanded that they heat the furnace seven times more than it was usually heated. 20 And he commanded certain mighty men of valor who were in his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, and cast them into the burning fiery furnace. 21 Then these men were bound in their coats, their trousers, their turbans, and their other garments, and were cast into the midst of the burning fiery furnace. 22 Therefore, because the king’s command was urgent, and the furnace exceedingly hot, the flame of the fire killed those men who took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego. 23 And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace. 24 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.” 25 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.” NKJV
What a beautiful beginning to a new day. I am sitting with my morning coffee, bible and the presence of the Lord, reading, and listening. In the stillness I heard “There is a Fourth Man in the Fire!”
The Book of Daniel is a most interesting book, to me. I love watching the hand of God upon lives that are completely committed to Him and seeing His delivering hand. A truth that too frequently we forget and allow ourselves to fret, fuss and fume over various situations and circumstances. The Hebrews taken captive to Babylon had among them, four very distinctive personalities. Daniel, whom they named Belteshazzar but we always find him called Daniel. Hananiah the Babylonian’s renamed Shadrach; Mishael to Meshack and Azariah to Abed-Nego names we find them referred to in the book henceforth. These four young men made some early decisions regarding their commitment to the Almighty God whom they served.
- The refused to eat the king’s meat or drink the king’s Oh, how we need to understand that we must “come out from among them and be separate”. They didn’t try to make themselves noticeable to everyone around them in their difference, just maintain their commitment to God and allow the result to speak for itself. Their commitment elevated them to prominent positions in the kingdom of Babylon, yet they maintained their integrity and commitment to God.
- The refused to bow before the king’s idol even though, in the natural, it meant sure death. They responded to the king by saying, king we do not need to try to justify our actions to you, we trust the God we serve and He will deliver us and if not no big deal. We must always remember that this life here is just a sojourning; we are passing through as “strangers and pilgrims on this earth.” This is a temporary home, not our permanent one. Therefore, keeping the focus on the “goal, the prize of the high calling” is more important than being politically correct or fitting in with the world.
- They were delivered by THE FOURTH MAN IN THE FIRE whom Nebuchadnezzar declared looked like “the Son of God.” Even the Babylonian king could not deny the truth of God nor His great power because of the commitment of these young men.
It doesn’t matter what we face! It doesn’t matter what obstacles are laid in our path! It doesn’t matter what opposition comes our way! It doesn’t matter what danger our lives might be placed in – – THERE IS A FOURTH MAN IN THE FIRE! If we “seek first His Kingdom and His Righteousness”; our eyes upon Him and our commitment firmly rooted in His Word and refuse, as the three Hebrew Children to BEND, BREAK or BOW we will walk out of the fire either in this life or in the next unscathed and into His presence! They may be able to kill our bodies but they cannot kill our souls, therefore we need not fear them, whoever they might be!
I pray that as you begin your day today you will have a knowing deep inside that if today leads you to the fiery furnace the FOURTH MAN IN THE FIRE will be awaiting you there to cover you over with His feathers and under His wings, you can trust, rest and be protected. We will either receive deliverance or promotion and both are victories!
Blessing my friends as you go through your day!