I'm wondering this morning how Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego must have felt as they drew near to the furnace. Surely it was threatening and the heat on their face so scorching. Yet somehow they found the strength to trust and proceed.
I find myself at a bit of a furnace moment. It seems that Pink Impact always brings a certain purifying of my soul. Just as we are ready to launch, I find the warfare so intense. I feel the threats and I experience the heat.
Maybe you feel the same way.
Let's choose to take it as a sign of encouragement. So much assault must be an indication that we are on the edge of a breakthrough - on the verge of taking the territory that God has assigned to us - about to be met by a fourth man who will walk with us in the fire.
King Nebuchadnezzar said: "Look!" he answered, "I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire; and they are not hurt, and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God. (Daniel 3:25 NKJ)
If we remain steadfast, He will join us and we will come through not even smelling of smoke, for the fire of the enemy has no power.
"...the king's counselors gathered together, and they saw those men on whose bodies the fire had no power; the hair of their head was not singed nor were their garments affected, and the smell of fire was not on them." (Daniel 3:28)
Not only that, but as soon as those three young men stepped forth from the furnace, they were promoted. They became the chief governors of the area reporting directly to Daniel and to the king. In a pagan kingdom, God's people ruled.
Will you join with me as I take my eyes off the furnace and put them firmly on His faithfulness? Let's believe the victory, breakthrough and promotion are right in front of us.
PS - Click on the title of this blog to read the entire story of the three men in the furnace!