The fourth man

by | January 8, 2018

King Nebuchadnezzar was furious. His pride was injured and his ego took a painful blow. How could they defy me? he must have thought. Am I not their ruler? He glared at the three Hebrew boys and shouted commands at his guards to turn up the heat in the fiery furnace. King Nebuchadnezzar looked frantically on as the three Hebrew boys were led to their demise. The king wanted to bask in their fright and laugh as they begged for mercy, but instead, the young men walked confidently into the raging fire. Confused and enraged, the king went as close as the furnace permitted. Astonished, the king asked, “Did we not cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? Look! I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire; and they are not hurt, and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.” (Daniel 3:23, 24, 25)

This famous bible story of the three Hebrew boys is one of the most used in Christian teaching. We are taught to acknowledge the enormous faith of these young men and how anchored their trust was in God. Are we, as Christians the same? Or do we merely tell the story without conviction? If we were in the shoes of the three Hebrew boys, would we walk through the fiery furnace with confidence, or would we pray that we wouldn’t have to? Sadly, the latter is the mentality of many Christians today. However, we must understand that God doesn’t promise us that our trials will never come, He promises us that when we face those trials, He will be right there with us.

Imagine if the three Hebrew boys had begged God to make their uncomfortable situation go away. What if they had asked God to make the king change his mind? Things would have been so different. My friend, God is not a magician. He cannot cast a spell on our problems or make them not appear. Instead, God is our comforter, healer, protector, deliverer, provider and so much more. God is willing to do so much more for us than we can ever imagine if we just believe in him. The trials, the pain, and the burdens are inevitable but God wants to give us joy through pain. He wants to fight our battles when the enemy seems to outnumber us. So, the next time difficult times occur, look a little closer, there’s someone there with you, and his name is Jesus.