October 19: Jesus In a Furnace

Read Daniel 3:1-30

Look! I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed, and the fourth looks like a son of the gods (v25).

When Shadrach’s, Meshach’s and Abednego’s obedience to God led them straight into the middle of a fiery furnace, Jesus Christ showed up and proved Almighty God was Who they knew Him to be.

Their love for God and their faith in Him showed itself true when they were presented with a problem: disobey God and bow down to an idol or die.

Their obedience and faith led to an awesome showing of God’s mighty power, a tip of His hand for things to come. His hand that saves, even amidst impossible fire. One day, Jesus would conquer that impossible fire by way of death.

Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego had sacrificed a lot just to be in that place, in the service of Nebuchadnezzar. Still, they served God first and foremost.

Having been given lots of opportunities to turn their backs on what they believed, they stood strong with Daniel, when he convinced the guard in charge to let them give up the king’s best food for the sake of their God and the purity He would give them when they remained undefiled by the royal food and wine (See Daniel 1:8).

Still, God called them to more. He knew Shadrach’s, Meshach’s and Abednego’s faithful hearts.

I wonder if they wavered as they fell into the fire. Did they remember all they’d given up? Did they question their choice to stand firm in their God-fearing?

If they did, it only lasted a moment. For no sooner had they followed God’s ways right into the center of a furnace, than Jesus Christ Himself showed up and stood inside the flames with them.

Their faithful obedience led to miraculous revelation. Had Shadrach, Meshach or Abednego rested on the laurels of all they’d already given up for the sake of Almighty God, they would have missed the gift of His personal saving. They would have gotten no glimpse of the Word, who would become flesh hundreds of years later.

For God loves a heart that trusts Him so entirely it will not waver, no matter what He asks. The one that recognizes its own folly and turns to Him in full surrender. He saves that heart by His grace alone. Personal rescue by the Messiah Himself.

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