It is probable that we have heard of Daniel and his ability to interpret dreams; if for no other reason our understanding of his experience in the lion’s den. It is so extraordinary that it seems to have been repeated for more than 2600 years. Few of us, if any, would have equaled something of this nature. Backed into a corner for a similar encounter I am uncertain how I might respond, even though my God remains unchanged. I would like to believe that I would realize in those moments that the same God, as that of Daniel, deserves my confidence.
In referring to that, or that of the fiery furnace, and Shadrach, Meshac and Abednego, it should awaken our hearts to the greatness of our wonderful Lord. It should also make us aware of the fact, recorded in Daniel 2:46… “Then King Nebuchadnezzar fell on his face and did homage to Daniel, and gave orders to present to him an offering and fragrant incense.”
How short our memories! When Daniel’s buddies where cast into the fire for not worshipping the golden image, suddenly everyone sees, not three, but four individuals! More, they are walking around, “still tied up”! Further study would reveal that the fourth one would be Christ. “The fire had no effect on the bodies of these men; nor was the hair of their head singed; nor was the trousers damaged, nor had the smell of fire even come upon them.” (3:27)
God has not changed, we have! We read in 3:16 “we do not need to give you and answer concerning this matter. If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the blazing fire; and He will deliver us out of your hand, O king. But even if He does not, let it be known to you, O king, that we are not going to serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.”
Still bending their knee to the true KING! Our LORD! Man sets up images and establishes conflagration, but you cannot remove the fire that burns in a man’s heart and soul when ignited by the Holy Spirit of God. He sees and experiences “deliverance” which cannot be fathomed from a human standpoint.