This morning while texting one of my dearest friends, Kayce Strader, she said something so profound that I just had to share it with you. She had been reading the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the furnace. She'd mentioned seeing Jesus in the midst of our trials, and not only that we would see Him, but that we would call out to Him and that He would meet us right there. As Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego stood firm in faith Jesus came and walked with them in their fire. Sounds so familiar to my blog yesterday, that GOD DESIRES to share the burden with you. He desires to come into your trial. He's not going to leave you in the heat alone. I'm so thankful that as I walk through "trials", "tribulations", and difficult situations I'm able to not just hear Him, not just see Him, but that He comes and actually walks into the fire with me.
Now this is what Kayce said that just really opened my eyes. She said Nebuchadnezzar saw Jesus and could of called out to Him, but didn't. Look at the verses here in Daniel 3. 25 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.” 26 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!”
What an opportunity Nebuchadnezzar had here to call upon the Son of God, to know Him for himself, but instead he called out to the men. I had never noticed that before! (Thanks Kayce for sharing your wisdom!) How many people call upon others who have relationship with Jesus, instead of calling upon Jesus themselves? How many times when circumstances come our way do you pick up the phone rather than going to prayer? Or worse you flip on facebook to post a status?
There is a real Savior who desires to come into your fire with you. He desires for you to be yoked with Him, so that He can lighten the load and share the burden. We have a real Holy Spirit on the inside of us that desires to speak to us, guide us, help us, lead us, and yet many times we call upon the man or woman next to us. Now don't get me wrong, I'M ALL FOR COMMUNITY, but we must learn to call out on God first. Jehovah Jireh, Jehovah Nissi, Jehovah Rapha, etc. The God who provides, saves, restores, heals, and redeems.
I wonder how Nebuchadnezzar's life would have changed if He simply would have called upon the God instead of the godly.
Never forget where your help comes from. I've always loved this bible passage and how it ends. So Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego came out of the fire, 27 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.
When you welcome Jesus into the fire with you, I promise you'll come out, and you won't even smell like smoke.
Be Blessed, J. Tate