Daniel was one of the Old Testament prophets. He was taken away to Babylon along with some of the other young men of Israel. He recorded a miracle that happened there that happened to three of these young men. They had refused to obey the king’s decree. They would not bow down and worship his golden image. The King demanded that them to bow down and worship that idol. And if they refused, he would throw them into a fiery furnace. He said to them, “Who is that God that shall deliver you out of my hands?” This was their reply:
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter. If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king.
But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.” (Daniel 3:16-18)
This infuriated the king. First, he had them bound, then, he had them thrown into the furnace. But that’s not the end of the story. Look at what happened next.
Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonished, and rose up in haste, and spake, and said unto his counselors, Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? They answered and said unto the king, True, O king. He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.
Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the mouth of the burning fiery furnace, and spake, and said Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, ye servants of the most high God, come forth and come hither. Then Shadrach, Meshack, and Abednego came forth from the midst of the fire.
And the princes, governors, and captains, and the king’s ounsellors, being gathered togethe, saw these men, upon whose bodies the fire had no power, nor was an hair of their head singed, neither were their coats changed, nor the smell of fire had passed on them.
Then Nebechadnezzar spake, and said, Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshah, and Abednego, who hath sent his angel, and delivered his servants that trusted in him, and have changed the kings word, and yielded their bodies, that they might not serve nor worship any god except their own God. (Daniel 3:24-28)
I believe that this was a miracle of God, and that it happened just the way that Daniel said it did. He was a prophet of God and he was there. Why would he lie about it or make it up?
What about you? Do you believe that these things actually happened, or not?
I also believe that Jesus is the fourth man in the fiery furnace. This event took place before he was born in the flesh at Bethlehem. But he repeatedly manifested himself to his people in the Old Testament. On this occasion, he appeared as the Angel of the Lord.
Why would it be so difficult to believe that God kept these young men from being harmed by fire. God, who created people, also created fire. Surely he knows how to keep them apart.
I don’t have any trouble believing that these things actually happened. I know that God is the Author of the Bible and that everything it says is true. I know that God created the universe and that he created us. I know that he sent his Son Jesus to die for us, and that he raised him from the dead. I know all of these things by faith.
Where does faith come from? How is it obtained? The Bible tells us in Romans 10:17, ” faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” My doubt and unbelief used to be stronger than my faith. I was like the man who said to Jesus, “Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.” (Mark 9:24)
Then, I discovered that the more I read the Bible, the more my faith increased. Gradually my faith became stronger than my doubt and unbelief. When I remember where I started, I can see how much I’ve changed. Once again, I did not know that God was changing me from the inside out.
Studying the Bible has benefited me more than anything else I’ve done in life. There is no more productive way for you to spend your time.
When you’re reading the Bible, you’re fellowshipping with he Lord. You’re getting to know him and his ways. You’re learning his language, and how he thinks. And he will manifest himself to you through his word. Then, you will be a person of faith and you will know that the Bible is true.