Thursday, August 03, 2017

Spurgeon: God with us

Thursday, August 3, 2017
    Then Nebuchadnezzar was furious with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, and his attitude toward them changed. He ordered the furnace heated seven times hotter than usual and commanded some of the strongest soldiers in his army to tie up Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego and throw them into the blazing furnace. So these men, wearing their robes, trousers, turbans and other clothes, were bound and thrown into the blazing furnace. The king’s command was so urgent and the furnace so hot that the flames of the fire killed the soldiers who took up Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, and these three men, firmly tied, fell into the blazing furnace.
    Then King Nebuchadnezzar leaped to his feet in amazement and asked his advisers, “Weren’t there three men that we tied up and threw into the fire?”
    They replied, “Certainly, O king.”
   &nbs p;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.”
    —Daniel 3:19-25 (NIV)
    As sure as ever God puts his children in the furnace, He will be in the furnace with them.
    ... Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892), Gleanings Among the Sheaves, New York: Sheldon, 1869, p. 10 (see the book)
    See also Dan. 3:19-25; Ps. 118:6-7; Isa. 43:2; Acts 18:9-10; 1 Cor. 3:12-15; Col. 1:24; Jude 1:22-23
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You are beside me in all difficulty.
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