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November 13, 2020 7:00 pm
A wildfire in Andilla, Spain, scorched nearly 50,000 acres of woodland. When scientists entered the area they expected total devastation; and they did indeed see miles of blackened oaks, pines, and junipers. However, in the middle of the wreckage, a group of nearly 1,000 bright green cypress trees remained standing. The trees’ unusual ability to retain water had allowed them to safely endure the fire.
In the days of King Nebuchanezzar’s reign in Babylon, a small cluster of friends survived the flames of the king’s wrath. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego refused to worship a statue Nebuchadnezzar had created, and they told him, “If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it” (Daniel 3:17). Infuriated, the monarch cranked up the heat seven times hotter than normal (v. 19).
The soldiers who carried out the king’s orders and tossed the friends into the blaze burned up and died, yet onlookers watched Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego walk around inside the flames “unbound and unharmed.” Someone else was in the furnace as well—a fourth man who looked “like a son of the gods” (v. 25). Many scholars say this was a preincarnate appearance of Jesus.
Jesus is with us when we face intimidation and trials. In the moments when we are urged to give in to pressure, we don’t have to be afraid. We may not always know how or when God will help us, but we know He’s with us. He will give us the strength to stay faithful to Him through every “fire” we endure.
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Nebuchadnezzar had created and they told him Daniel three. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace.
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Many scholars believe this was a pre-incarnate appearance of Jesus. Jesus is with us when we face intimidation and trials in the moments when work urge to get into the pressure we don't have to be afraid we may not always know how or when God will help us but we know he's with us will give us the strength to stay faithful to him through every fire we endure today Our Daily Bread devotional Scripture reading is from Daniel chapter 3 verses 12 through 18, but there are some Jews whom you have set over the affairs of the province of Babylon, Shadrach me shack and Abednego, who pay no attention to you, your Majesty, they neither serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up furious with rage, Nebuchadnezzar summoned Shadrach me shack and Abednego so these men were brought before the king and Nebuchadnezzar said to them, is it true Shadrach me shack and Abednego that you do not serve my gods or worship the image of gold have set up. Now we hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lower harp, pipe, and all kinds of music.
If you are ready to fall down and worship the image I made very good, but if you do not worship it, you will be thrown immediately into a blazing furnace then what God will be able to rescue you from my hand. Shadrach me shack and Abednego replied to him king Nebuchadnezzar. We do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace. The God we serve is able to deliver us from it and he will deliver us from your Majesty's hand. But if he does not, we want you to know your Majesty, we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up. Let's pray heavenly father we pray for those who are enduring trials and difficulty today and ask that you would give them peace and strength. Use this time to refine them and deepen their faith in you.
Thank you for the hope we can having you as we see your hand at work in times of struggle and for the comfort you give us as we lean on you. Please help us to persevere under the heat that we may come out on scorched but proclaiming how great you are. Thank you, Lord. It's in Jesus name we pray. Amen.
Today's encouragement was provided by Our Daily Bread ministries