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THE PRESENCE OF ANOTHER
Then King Nebuchadnezzar leaped to his feet in amazement and asked his advisors, “Weren’t there three men that we tied up and threw into the fire?” They replied, “Certainly, O king.” He said, “Look! I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed, and the fourth looks like a son of the gods [the Son of God, NKJV]” (Daniel 3:24-25).
When Nebuchadnezzar looked into the furnace, he couldn’t believe his eyes. Instead of writhing in pain, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were unhurt. Instead of being tied up, they were free. Instead of three men, there were four. The fourth person in the furnace could have been Jesus Christ in a pre-incarnate appearance.
During the fiery trials of life, God is WITH us.
They saw that the fire had not harmed their bodies, nor was a hair of their heads singed; their robes were not scorched, and there was no smell of fire on them. Then King Nebuchadnezzar said, “Praise be to the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who has sent his angel and rescued his servants! They trusted in him and defied the king’s command and were willing to give up their lives rather than serve or worship any god except their own God” (Daniel 3:27-28).
Jesus said to his disciples, “If any of you want to be my follower, you must put aside selfish ambition, shoulder your cross, and follow me. If you try to keep your life for yourself, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for me, you will find true life” (Matthew 16:24-25).
A faith that is tested by fire is a faith that can be trusted. Are you willing to obey God no matter what?
PRAYER OF COMMITMENT
I want my faith to be a faith of actions,
Not just a faith of words, thoughts, or feelings.
Today, I promise to obey You when my faith is tested by fire.
Today, I vow to follow You no matter what.
Thank You for Your presence during the fiery trials of life.
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