Pastor Tim Romero
Daniel 3:24–25 (ESV): 24 Then King Nebuchadnezzar was astonished and rose up in haste. He declared to his counselors, "Did we not cast three men bound into the fire?" They answered and said to the king, "True, O king." 25 He answered and said, "But I see four men unbound, walking amid the fire, and they are not hurt; and the appearance of the fourth is like a son of the gods."
The Lord is our strong tower, He protects and preserves us through the fiery trials of life. Never fear, Jesus is always near!
After Daniel interpreted Nebuchadnezzar's dream of conquering kingdoms to come, the king set up an idol to be worshipped by all in the Babylonian empire. When Hananiah (Shadrach), Mishael (Meshach), and Azariah (Abednego) would not worship the image they were thrown into the fiery furnace only to be joined by a fourth person, who was none other than Jesus. Nebuchadnezzar was astonished for he saw them unbound, walking around amid the flames. He called them out and not a hair on their head was singed, their cloaks were not harmed, and they didn't even carry the smell of fire. Jesus was not only with them but He protected them amid their fiery trial.
Unbeknownst to us (most of the time), the Lord is with us amid the flames of life. He is preserving and protecting us from being burned by the world. Try as they may, they are not able to penetrate the force field of our Savior. That means we can rest in Him amid our trials because we know He is with us and at work through the flames to sanctify and transform. Don't get your eyes on the flames, look for Jesus in the flames for He is right there with you. He will see you through the fire, amen?
Father, thank You for accounts such as this that declare to us that when all hope seems lost you will see us through. May we look to no one else, may we trust in You alone through it all we pray in Jesus name, amen.