Daniel 3:25: “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.”

July 13th, 2018 by Pastor Ed in devotional

Nebuchadnezzar had a 90 feet tall and 9 feet wide gold statue built, which he ordered everyone to worship. If anyone was found not worshiping it, they would be thrown in a fiery furnace. Daniel’s 3 Jewish friends refused to bow down. These young men had such a strong sense of commitment to the Lord that they were willing to go against the popular tide and die rather than worship a false image. Every one else seems to have bowed down to worship except these 3. They calmly told the King:

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. 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. (Dan. 3:17–18)

This is faith not just in God’s deliverance, but faith in Him and whatever He chose to do. These young men were saying, “We are sure of God, but we are not sure what God will do.” We notice the peace these 3 young men had during their fiery trial, casually walking around in the fire as if they did it every day. They were not panicking or running, trying to figure some way out. They trusted the Lord and He was with them, physically, and Nebuchadnezzar saw Him.

The Son of God still goes into the fire with His children, 2600 years after He was with these 3 young believers. He will meet us and protect us, just as He did them. The hot furnaces of life might scare us to death, but it’s in those places that we find a deeper relationship with God the Son. Life doesn’t always end up the way we would like. So we must have the same kind of faith these 3 men had, who though they hoped for a miracle, didn’t demand one and were willing to leave everything in God’s hands!

“LORD, give us renewed faith to accept Your will for our lives this day. Use us, LORD, to lead others to You, in Jesus name.”