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Day 67 – Issue 41

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Be Still Know

Daniel 3.25 NLT

“Look!” Nebuchadnezzar shouted. “I see four men, unbound, walking around in the fire unharmed! And the fourth looks like a god!”

Nebuchadnezzar was an incredibly powerful king and he was used to getting his own way. When Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego defied his command to worship his vast golden statue he was determined that they should suffer, and his fiery furnace seemed like a fairly decisive punishment. In order to ensure their immediate death, he had the furnace heated up seven times hotter than usual. Indeed, it was so hot that it killed the soldiers who threw them into it. Nebuchadnezzar watched the spectacle knowing that they would be burnt to a cinder. But the outcome was completely different from what he had anticipated. Not only were they not burnt, but they weren’t even singed and, more amazingly, he saw that they were accompanied by a fourth person who he assumed must be a god. This was more than enough to change Nebuchadnezzar’s mind and to cause him to worship the God of the young Jewish men, to whom he gave even higher positions in the province of Babylon.

Many of us will have been brought up with this amazing account of God’s deliverance from the fiery furnace, and its message is important for every generation. It tells us that God is not necessarily going to help us avoid disaster and suffering. Our lives might face pain, brokenness and times of failure and rejection. But, through it all, God promises to be with us.

God’s words in the prophecy of Isaiah describe this most powerfully: “Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine. When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. For I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Saviour.” (Isaiah 43.1-3)

As we look to the future, we can be confident, not because of an absence of challenges and problems, but because of the certainty that God will never leave our side.

Question: How does this amazing incident help you as you think about your own future?

Prayer: Lord God, I thank you that you promise to be with me for time and eternity. Amen

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