Then King Nebuchadnezzar was astonished and rose up in haste. He declared to his counselors, “Did we not cast three men bound into the fire?” They answered and said to the king, “True, O king.” He answered and said, “But I see four men unbound, walking in the midst of the fire, and they are not hurt; and the appearance of the fourth is like a son of the gods.”
Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the door of the burning fiery furnace; he declared, “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, servants of the Most High God, come out, and come here!” Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego came out from the fire. 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. Nebuchadnezzar answered and said, “Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who has sent his angel and delivered his servants, who trusted in him, and set aside the king’s command, and yielded up their bodies rather than serve and worship any god except their own God. Therefore I make a decree: Any people, nation, or language that speaks anything against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego shall be torn limb from limb, and their houses laid in ruins, for there is no other god who is able to rescue in this way.” Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the province of Babylon. Daniel 3:24-30 ESV
And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep. And they went and woke him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing.” And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. And the men marveled, saying, “What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?” Matthew 8:23-27 ESV
Once when Jesus and his disciples were in a boat, a sudden storm struck on the lake they were on. The wind howled and the waves washed over the sides of the boat, rocking it and starting to swamp it. Jesus was so tired from his work that he had fallen asleep in the boat, and his terrified disciples woke him up. Then Jesus stood up in the boat and scolded the wind and the water, and suddenly it was calm again. His disciples were safe because Jesus was with them in the boat, and he was able to calm the storm and bring them through it. They didn’t face the frightening wind and waves alone.
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego also weren’t alone in the middle of the fiery furnace. God sent his angel to be with them in the heart of the raging flames, and the fire didn’t hurt them. Perhaps this angel was the Angel of the Lord, God himself coming to save his people. The three men were free of the bonds that had them tied up and could walk around in the fire. Nebuchadnezzar was amazed and even a little frightened to see the true God at work for his people. He called the three men out of the fiery furnace and praised God for his power, and said that no one in his kingdom would be allowed to say anything against the God of Israel, because no other god was able to save his people the was the Lord had done.
We all were in terrible trouble, worse than a storm or a fire. We were under the power of death and all the forces of evil, and we couldn’t save ourselves. We would have been lost forever if God hadn’t come to us in Jesus to save us. Jesus came to die on the cross for us and rise again from the dead to break the power of sin and death and to rescue us from the work of the devil. Because of Jesus we are free to live and serve God now and always. We might face some terrible trouble in our lives, but we never have to face our problems alone. Jesus is always with us to help us and to keep us close to him, no matter what happens.
Dear Jesus, thank you for coming to us to save us and to help us. Amen.