Daniel 3:27 (ESV)
And the satraps, the prefects, the governors, and the king's counselors gathered together and saw that the fire had not had any power over the bodies of those men. The hair of their heads was not singed, their cloaks were not harmed, and no smell of fire had come upon them.
Today after a doctor appointment I found myself admitted into the hospital. My EKG showed some things when combined with some of my current symptoms that caused concern with my doctor. His recommendation to check into the hospital and have test done on my heart caused a fear to fall over me. I prayed to God for the courage and peace that I needed. As I laid in the bed between some tests I recalled a story I read about George Smith.
No one could say that George Smith didn't have courage. A daring test pilot in the 1950s, back when the sound barrier was first being broken, he could face anything? Until he had to bail out of a jet going 805 miles per hour. Though he survived, he was so fearful he thought he might never fly again. Then, during his hospital stay, a nurse gave him an antidote to fear. He took her words to heart when she said, "Courage is knowing the worst and discovering that, in God's world, the very worst can't really hurt you."
Daniel's three friends experienced the worst that King Nebuchadnezzar could dish out to them. He not only cast them into a fiery furnace but also had the furnace heated seven times hotter than usual. The flames were so deadly that the king's men who cast the three Jewish teens into the fire were themselves consumed by the heat. But when it was all over, God so protected Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-Nego that they emerged from the flames without the smell of smoke on their clothes and without a singed hair on their bodies.
Nothing can happen to a Christian without first passing through the hands of an all-powerful God. Furthermore, He is committed to the protection of those He loves. The psalmist declared, "Therefore we will not fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; though its waters roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with its swelling" (Ps. 46:2-3).
The fiery furnace of affliction can bring you pain and heartache, but it can't cause you eternal harm. God is your protector. You are the apple of His eye, and under His wings you will find safety forever. We can replace our fears with faith. We can enjoy God's protection in the hottest furnace of affliction.
Dear Lord, we thank You that in the furnace of life we can count on You protecting us. Thank You for being our protector. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
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