Another in the Fire
Sometimes in this life, we are faced with challenges that make it seem as though the walls are caving in around us. If you feel abandoned by God or alone in your fight. This is a story for you.
Read Daniel 3:1-30
In this story, we learn about the King of Babylonia who had the people make a huge gold idol (ninety feet high by nine feet wide). The king demanded the people, "worship the image of gold." And whoever didn't would be thrown into a blazing furnace.” …So out of fear the people complied.
Now three men believed in God. And they would not bow down to the idol. Once, the king was informed he demanded to see the men. He gave them one more chance to bow down.
The men refused and with confidence said that God would deliver them from his hand.
The king was furious and ordered the furnace heated seven times hotter than usual and ordered the men thrown into the blazing furnace. The men were bound and thrown in. The fire was so hot the soldiers who threw the men in died. As the king and his fellow advisers looked on, they saw four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed “and the fourth looks like a son of the gods.”
The king demanded the men to “come out!” So the three men came out of the fire and the onlookers saw that “the fire had not harmed their bodies, nor was a hair of their heads sang; their robes were not scorched and there was no smell of fire on them.” The king said, “Praise be to the God of these men, who has sent his angel and rescued his servants! They trusted in him and defied the king’s command.” The king decreed that the people honor their God and promoted the three men.
As I read this story the other morning a very timely shuffle in music occurred and the song “Another in the Fire” began to play. The song states,
All my debt left for dead beneath the waters
I'm no longer a slave to my sin anymore
And should I fall in the space between
What remains of me and this reckoning
Either way, I won't bow
To the things of this world
And I know I will never be alone
There is another in the fire
Standing next to me
There is another in the waters
Holding back the seas
And should I ever need reminding
What power set me free
There is a grave that holds nobody
And now that power lives in me
This song and this story show that God is good. He is our protector. The men faced certain death by fire, but the men came out completely untouched. Only the rope that bound them had been burned. No one and nothing on this earth can bind us if God wants us to be free. The power and protection available to those men, and that raised Christ from the dead is available to us too.
No matter what trials we face here on this earth… there will be another in the fire.