In Scripture, we also learn about a very real, hot fire and some young men who experienced it
. Read Daniel 3:19-28. I know we have all read this story before, but it bears repeating.
|Our son Nathan a firefighter with his niece Rilyn.|
This story illustrates something very practical in our lives as well. Who was with these three in the fire? Jesus. Who will be with us in our fiery trials of life? Jesus. Were these men doing something wrong that they deserved to be burned? No. In fact, they were serving the Most High God and honoring Him...yet, God allowed them to go into the fiery furnace.
Sometimes, in our lives, we face some pretty difficult circumstances, heartaches and trials. But who is there with us through them all? Jesus. He will never leave us or forsake us. Furthermore, just because we go through the fire does not mean that we are being punished...rather we often are being refined in our trust.
When Nebuchadnezzar asked the three young men who will deliver them from this furnace, I love the answer given by them: "O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. 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." I don't know about you but that gives me goosebumps just reading this reply. What faith in these men! May our faith be as strong and determined.
So today, if you are facing any trials, remember that Jesus is there beside you all the way. If you belong to Him, you are in good hands and He is able to deliver you! Selah!