Over the past several weeks, I have not only observed but have also spoken with numerous people who are in the fire! By in the fire, I mean the circumstances around them seem to be overwhelming and almost unbearable, creating chaos emotionally, spiritually, and even physically. As I was doing my devotion this morning, I came across a well-known story in the Bible. It was the story of Moses and the burning bush. Although I have known and heard this story since I was a young child, God opened my eyes to a new truth that will be helpful for you if you will receive it.
In Exodus 3:2-4, it says,
There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. So Moses thought, “I will go over and see this strange sight—why the bush does not burn up.” When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, “Moses! Moses!”
In Daniel 3, King Nebuchadnezzar ordered Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego to worship the image of gold (idol). As a result of disobeying the king and obeying the KING of KINGS, the three men were thrown into the fiery furnace. We’ll pick up the Scripture from here in Daniel 3:24-27…
Then King Nebuchadnezzar leaped to his feet in amazement and asked his advisers, “Weren’t there three men that we tied up and threw into the fire?” They replied, “Certainly, Your Majesty.” 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!” So Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego came out of the fire, and the satraps, prefects, governors and royal advisers crowded around them. They saw that the fire had not harmed their bodies, nor was a hair of their heads singed; their robes were not scorched, and there was no smell of fire on them.
What do these two stories have in common? In Exodus 3, we see a bush that is on fire, yet it never burned up. In Daniel 3, we see men in a fiery furnace, yet they were not burned up. What’s the common denominator? In both circumstances,
THE PRESENCE OF GOD WAS IN THE FIRE!
God revealed to me when studying these two passages that regardless of the fire we are facing, we will not be burned up when the presence of God is in the midst of it. Walk with boldness even in the fire confident that the LORD will be with you in the fire and will also bring you out!
“When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.
For I am the Lord your God” – Isaiah 43:2-3