Trial by Fire
Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and he will rescue us from your hand, O king. But even if he does not, we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”
The three Jewish young men were faced with a trial by fire. But they were not alone. There was a 4th Man in the fire; one “who looked like the Son of God”. And He was walking around with them in the fire…and they were not burned!
Sometimes God delivers us FROM the fire. After 9-11, we heard accounts of people who were “supposed to be on that plane” or “supposed to be in that building”. But God delivered them from the fire.
Sometimes God delivers us THROUGH the fire. We are in the midst of the trial and He is right there with us. And we emerge stronger in our character and our faith.
Sometimes God delivers us BY the fire. He is walking with us through it, and He is there when we cross over into eternity to meet Him face to face.
What ever the trial you have or will experience; God has promised not to leave you or forsake you. Hold close to Him…the 4th Man in the fire.