24 Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonied, and rose up in haste, and spake, and said unto his counsellors, Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? They answered and said unto the king, True, O king. 25 He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God. (Daniel 3:24-25 KJV)
God is right there with you.
In the passage of scripture under review, three men who were devoted to God and his work were immediately sentenced by the king. They were sentenced to die by burning in the fiery furnace. This was one of the harshest sentences back then. It was just as cruel and inhumane as beheading or stoning to death.
All three had made up in their mind that they were not going to bow to any false God because that was against their beliefs. When hundreds of others bowed, they remained firm, strong and upright and this infuriated the king and I'm sure others would have just seen it as a light thing to bow to a false God. Having been questioned by the king, they had concluded whether on not their God would deliver, they were NEVER going to bow.
"Cast them in the furnace!" commanded the King, "heat it 7 times hotter." Bible history tells us that the flames were so hot, that some of the men ordered to cast them in were slain in the process. Daniel 3:22 Therefore because the king's commandment was urgent, and the furnace exceeding hot, the flame of the fire slew those men that took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.
I love what happens shortly after they were thrown in the fiery furnace. A fourth man - GOD makes his presence known and the one responsible for the inhumane act towards God's people IMMEDIATELY recognizes who he is. Proof that FOUR men were now in the fire was plain to see. It could have never been challenged by anyone. Hallelujah!
You may be in your Fiery Furnace now. Your situation may seem to be so hot that you feel like just succumbing to the flames and giving in. Please don't. You must have FAITH like that of the Three Hebrew Boys in our story today, that God Will Deliver.
When you hold on to that mustard seed faith, have no doubt in your mind that there will be a SECOND person joining you in your Furnace for ONE purpose only - that is to deliver.
HOPE IS AHEAD