In the Fire
Daniel 3:24-25 – Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonied, and rose up in haste, and spake, and said unto his counsellors, Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? They answered and said unto the king, True, O king. He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.
One of the great joys in walking with the Lord is that no matter what the atmospheric or natural conditions are about you, when you’re walking with the Lord, the only covering you need is present. It is His glory. Take a moment to read our Text for Today once again. What was it King Nebuchadnezzar saw when he looked into the fire after it had cooled enough for him to come near enough to see inside?
First, he saw “four men loose.” They were not bound as the Hebrew children had been when cast into the fire. And miraculously, there were not three men, the number cast into the fire, bur four. And interestingly, while he saw Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nigo whom he knew personally, it seems that it was the fourth person in the fire that primarily grabbed and held his attention. That was the fourth man. And of the fourth man, Nebuchadnezzar said, “the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.”
Second, Nebuchadnezzar noted that they were “walking in the midst of the fire.” You see, nothing of the fire, its terrible heat, its choking fumes, its consuming of all the oxygen, was bothering them. And the reason was, they were walking with the Lord. When you’re walking with the Lord, you don’t need a hat, coat, gloves, boots, mask, or fire-retardant clothing. His covering is all you need.
Allow me to ask you a question. There is something here even greater than the fact that Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nigo were not touched by the flames. It is this; Nebuchadnezzar looked into the fire, he saw the Lord. So, here’s by question. When you are “going through the fires” of life, do the people around you, especially those who mean you some harm, see the Lord walking with you in the fire? We should not a very important point here. The three Hebrew children had made their proclamation of faith concerning the issues before them BEFORE they were thrown in the fiery furnace. They had already told the king they would not bow to him, and that if he threw them into the fire, their God would deliver them. They also told the king that if he recanted his threat to throw them into the fire, they would not bow to him, even in thanks for sparing their lives. It was their testimony BEFORE the fire that revealed the Lord’s presence with them IN the fire. Give your testimony BEFORE you find yourself in the flames. The flames are real, and they are coming. Make sure the Lord is walking with you in the fire when you take your walk.
Manna for Today – Psalm 1:1-6; 1 John 1:7-9; Daniel 3:1-30