He exclaimed, “Look! I see four men, not tied, walking around in the fire unharmed, and the fourth looks like a son of the gods.” Daniel 3:25 HCSB
I receive a daily email devotion written by the great preacher and writer Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892). He is one of England’s best-known preachers. In 1854, just four years after his conversion, Spurgeon, then only 20, became the pastor of London’s famous New Park Street Church. The congregation quickly outgrew their building and moved twice to accommodate audiences numbering more than 10,000 – all in the days before electronic amplification. Spurgeon is also known for his volumes of written work. In the devotion I received this week Spurgeon used a story from Daniel to illustrate his point. The following paragraph is from Dr. Charles Spurgeon.
“Be not content with an interview now and then, but seek always to retain his company, for only in his presence hast thou either comfort or safety. Jesus should not be unto us a friend who calls upon us now and then, but one with whom we walk evermore. Thou hast a difficult road before thee; see, O traveller to heaven, that thou go not without thy guide. Thou hast to pass through the fiery furnace; enter it not, unless, like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, thou hast the Son of God to be thy companion. In every condition thou wilt need Jesus. Keep close to thy Best friend, and he will refresh and cheer thee.”
Challenge: Some Biblical scholars say that the fourth person in the fire was an angel while others say it was the preincarnation appearance of Jesus. Either way, when we walk through the fires and trials of life we need God to be with us. Read Psalm 46. It reminds us that God is always with us, even in times of trouble.