We think of a great big God sitting on His Throne watching the world crises. Sometimes we forget that He is an intimate, caring God Who is alongside us no matter what our life circumstances are, just as He was with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego. Their encouraging story is found in Daniel 3:16-28. Those boys could face that furnace because they believed that God would deliver them.
Sure they were thrown into a furnace of affliction! (Isaiah 48:10). But, God was inside that furnace with them. And when The LORD God Almighty did deliver them, they emerged shinning like gold. Their clothes weren't burned nor did they even have a hint of smoke on them. How awesome is that?!
Sometimes, we are thrust into a furnace of affliction. Can you relate? Unlike Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, we aren't in a literal fiery-furnace, thank God!, but it sure can feel like it! Forget not that Jesus is right beside you, walking your walk, carrying you when necessary, and protecting you from the all-consuming flames.
Why did The Holy Spirit put that particular story into The Holy Scriptures? So, that it would be something we could relate to and hold on to, be strengthened by and filled with hope by during our trails in this life.
All trials we are thrust into come from Satan. However, we know that
God causes all things to work together for good to those that love Him and are called according to His purpose. ~ Romans 8:28Whatever furnace of affliction you are in today, God WILL miraculously deliver you just like He did for the Hebrew boys so long ago! Believe like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego did. You will not be consumed! Believe He is with you, and just like their story ended, God WILL BE glorified!
Be assured of that!
Because of Him and Unto Him,