Scripture Reading: Daniel 3:19-30
“But I see four men unbound, walking in the midst of the fire, and they are not hurt; and the appearance of the fourth is like a son of the gods.” (Daniel 3:25)
When Shadrach, Mechach, and Abednego refused to worship the king’s idol, the king ordered them to be thrown into a burning fiery furnace. The king was so furious at these men that he ordered the furnace to be heated as much as possible (v. 19). Shadrach, Mechach, and Abednego were bound in their cloaks, their tunics, their hats and other garments. The furnace was so hot that when the guards threw the men into the furnace, the flames of the furnace killed the guards.
The king stood by and witnessed what happened. As he looked into the furnace, he was astonished — “Did we not cast three men bound into the fire?” Then he observed that there was a fourth person in the furnace with them — one whose appearance was like “a son of the gods.”
Who was this fourth person? There is no doubt in my mind that this was none other than the Son of God, a preincarnate manifestation of our Savior and Deliverer, Jesus Christ. There are many such appearances of Christ throughout the Old testament. Jesus came to rescue Shadrach, Mechach, and Abednego. He was in the fiery furnace with them — “When you walk through the fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you for I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior” (Isaiah 43:2b,3a). Jesus entered the furnace with Shadrach, Mechach, and Abednego and delivered them from it.
The king was amazed and said — “Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Mechach, and Abednego, who has sent His angel and delivered his servants, who trusted in Him, and set aside the king’s command, and yielded up their bodies rather than serve and worship any god except their own God” (v. 28).
While none of us will be placed in a literal fiery furnace, we will all go through fiery trials. During those times we must trust our Savior to be with us and to deliver us from them. During some of the most difficult times in my life, I have claimed Isaiah 43:2 — “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through the fire you shall not be burned and the flame shall not consume you for I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.” Jesus enters the fiery trials with us. We are never alone in them. He is able to deliver us from them for He is our Savior.
Lord Jesus, I have been through some fiery trials during my life. You have never forsaken me during those times of difficulty. I know that You are with me and that You are able to deliver me from my trials. I bow before You, my Savior and Deliverer.
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