Pray – (1/2 minute)
Read – (3 minutes) “The king’s command was so urgent and the furnace so hot that the flames of the fire killed the soldiers who took up Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, and these three men, firmly tied, fell into the blazing furnace. . . Then King Nebuchadnezzar leaped to his feet in amazement and asked his advisers ‘Weren’t there three men that we tied up and threw in to 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.’ ” (Daniel 3:22-25)
Passage: Psalm 145:1-21
Nebuchadnezzar was not a believer in Jehovah, the one and only God. However, he intuitively recognized that there was a fourth man in the fire who stood out above any man on earth. Some commentators suggest God sent an angel, like Gabriel or Michael to stand with the young men, but I believe Nebuchadnezzar called it like it was and that man was a pre-incarnate visit of the Son of God, Jesus Christ. The three had stood up and worshiped God alone. They had spoken up and witnessed to their faith. Now Jesus showed up and walked with them through the fire.
For us as believers, who experience the indwelling Holy Spirit, Jesus said, “Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20) There will be times in life when you will be faced with a choice to conform to the world or feel the condemnation of the world. The flames of adversity will stare you in the face. Remember God’s promise. Jesus will stand with you and walk with you in the fire. He will break the bondage and give you a freedom that no man can take away. He will bring you through the fire and He will bring you out of the fire. You never have to face any trial alone.
Apply – (2 minutes)
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