By Pastor Bruce K. Oyen And The Anchor Devotional
Life is often difficult, even for Christians. The Lord has not promised that, if we become his people, things will go smoothly from then on. Like others, Christians sometimes must cope with illness, marital and family problems, financial setbacks, and other difficulties. But the Lord walks with Christians through their circumstances. They don’t have to “go it alone.”
The Bible gives many examples of the fact that the Lord is with his people, no matter what their circumstances might be. The ANCHOR DEVOTIONAL reading for Wednesday, April 16, 2014, gives one such example. It is given here with permission of the publishers of ANCHOR DEVOTIONAL.
|A Golden Object in a Golden Lesson
“Look! I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed, and the fourth looks like a son of the gods.”
(DANIEL 3:25) Nebuchadnezzar, the most powerful king in the world, made a huge golden idol to be worshiped by all. It was an object lesson for the whole world: loyalty to Nebuchadnezzar comes first.
But three Hebrew officials refused to obey, knowing that proper allegiance is always to God first. The king was furious! He ordered them thrown into a blazing furnace stoked so hot that it killed the soldiers who threw them in. Yet the Hebrew men were unharmed. The king leaped to his feet in awe at the three and the additional supernatural fourth man with them.
Why was a furnace this big sitting there so handy? It was probably the same one used to make the king’s idol. Using the king’s own resources, God showed His power over idols, a furnace, the laws of nature, and men. Sending His messenger to walk with the men is a picture of how Jesus would come years later and walk alongside of us. The prophet Isaiah would tell of it: “When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze” (43:2).INSIGHT
GOD CAN USE ANYTHING TO TEACH THE UNLIMITED SCOPE OF HIS POWER. EVEN THE HARD HEART OF THE BABYLONIAN KING WAS MOVED EVENTUALLY
(SEE DANIEL 4:37).
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