Thursday, September 18, 2014

Unbound and Unharmed

 “Look! I see four men walking around in the fire,
unbound and unharmed,
and the fourth looks like the Son of God.”
Daniel 3:25

Only that which bound them was burned...and the smell of fire was not on them!

That is what moves me about the testimony of Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah in Daniel chapter 3.  They went in the fire bound (verse 20) and came out of the fire in the presence of the Lord, unbound and loosed (verse 25).

That which binds us is burned in the presence of the Refiner.  We may feel the heat turned up more than usual, but as we abide in the Lord and dwell with Him, He allows the heat to loose us from that which binds us.  This leaves me in jaw-dropping silence.

"And [everyone] gathered together, and they saw these men on whose bodies the fire had no power; the hair of their head was not singed nor were their garments affected, and the smell of fire was not on them."  (verse 27)

The fire itself has no power over us...we will be completely untouched by it....we won't even smell like smoke!  In the midst of the fire, our hair will not even be singed.  Only that which binds us will be burned.  

Unbound.  Unharmed.  Loosed.  Free.

We might even get a promotion!  (verse 30)

These truths move my heart in hushed humility before the Lord.  How about you?   

“Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, who sent His Angel and delivered His servants who trusted in Him, and they have frustrated the king’s word, and yielded their bodies, that they should not serve nor worship any god except their own God!"
Daniel 3:28


Saying grace ~ Bringing my heart to God in prayer.

My Portion ~ Where Has God met me in His Word today?

Nourishment ~ How does God want to mold and change my heart?

Second Helpings ~ Where does God want me to be a doer of the Word and take action?

Time for Dessert ~ What can I share with others from what God showed me today?

"Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good;
Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!"
Psalm 34:8