Daniel 3:25-26a NIV 2011
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.”
Nebuchadnezzar then approached the opening of the blazing furnace and shouted, “Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, servants of the Most High God, come out! Come here!”
Babylonian exiles, the Jews were commanded to “worship the image of gold that King Nebuchadnezzar set up.” Any one that did not would be thrown into a blazing furnace. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego made a stand for the Lord by not bowing down to the gold image. They said to the king God would deliver them. Daniel 3:18, “But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.” Tied together, the three were thrown into the blazing fire. God is the Stranger in the fire.
How many times have we walked through the fire of life? Personally, I’ve had some moments when I’ve been walking on hot coals with fire licking at my feet. What I’ve found each time is the strength He has given me as He walks beside me. Each time I feel refined with a design more in His likeness. As I pray with friends in the fire, this is my prayer; they will see God’s Hand. He’s my Stranger in the fire.
Where’s God visible there during your fire?