But these three men, Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego, fell into the midst of the furnace of blazing fire still tied up. Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astounded and stood up in haste; he said to his high officials, “Was it not three men we cast bound into the midst of the fire?” They replied to the king, “Certainly, O king.” He said, “Look! I see four men loosed and walking about in the midst of the fire without harm, and the appearance of the fourth is like a son of the gods!” Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the door of the furnace of blazing fire; he responded and said, “Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego, come out, you servants of the Most High God, and come here!” Then Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego came out of the midst of the fire.
**We can always count on God’s Presence and Power.
As we seek to thrive in a strange land, we can always rely on God. Our lives will not be perfect. Yet, His promises are constant in the midst of life’s struggles.
Daniel’s friends were cast into the fire for refusing to commit idolatry. However, they were not alone. The fourth man was with them in presence and in power. Most Bible scholars believe the fourth man was the Lord Jesus in His pre-incarnate form. God was indeed with them even in the worst hours of their lives.
We can count on the Lord as well. He will be with us each step of the way. The Holy Spirit lives in us and will be with us forever. We don’t know what we might face in the days ahead. We do know we will not face them alone. Jesus said He will be with us to the end. (Matthew 28:20) And we can trust Him to keep His promises.
Let us give thanks today for God’s promises. On this day He has given us, may we be joyful in God’s presence. And may we rely upon God’s power to face the future.