Who can keep you safe and secure? There is so much danger happening around the world. The greatest fear of many right now is being infected by COVID-19. The danger it poses can take one’s life like a thief in the night. Like the COVID-19 virus there are many other dangers around us which we could not see. Have you ever wondered how many times God has kept you away from unseen danger? Has it ever occured to you that God must have kept you safe from harm which you could not see? Have you ever thought how many times He answered your simple prayer, “Lord, please keep me safe!”, with a tremendous shield of His protection? There may be times when God’s answer of protection is clear, palpable, and all too evident. But there are times that it takes a while or several weeks, months, or even years after that you realized it was God’s hand of protection over your situation. God works even when you could not see His hand. God protects even when you could not seem to understand.
“Yahweh is your keeper. Yahweh is your shade on your right hand. The sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. Yahweh will keep you from all evil. He will keep your soul. Yahweh will keep your going out and your coming in, from this time forward, and forever more.” – Psalm 121:5-8 (WEB)
God is able to deliver you from harm. You can trust God and take confidence in Him. You can trust Him to take care of you and protect you. Such is the confidence of Shadrach, Mesach, and Abednego when they were in danger of being put to death by King Nebuchadnezzar (Daniel 3). King Nebuchadnezzar built a golden image and commanded all people to fall down and worship it but Shadrach, Mesach, and Abednego refused to worship the golden image (Daniel 3:16-18). In fury, the king commanded for these three men to be thrown into the furnace which was heated for seven times more than it was usually heated (Daniel 3:19-23) that it even burned those men who put them into the furnace.
This story is full of suspense. But apart from its great suspense, what is most remarkable is how these three men responded to King Nebuchadnezzar.
“If it happens, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace; and he will deliver us out of your hand, O king. But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image which you have set up.” – Daniel 3:17-18 (WEB)
Their response to King Nebuchadnezzar gave a clear indication of what God meant to them. It shows these three things:
- They are confident of who God is; that God is able to protect them and deliver them.
- They are willing to obey God even to the point of death.
- They serve and fear God alone above anyone else; even above the highest authority in the land.
What happened then? To the king’s surprise, he saw not three men inside the furnace but four men unbound and one of them looked like “a son of the gods” (Daniel 3:25). So the king called them to come out.
“Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego came out of the middle of the fire. The local governors, the deputies, and the governors, and the king’s counselors, being gathered together, saw these men, that the fire had no power on their bodies. The hair of their head wasn’t singed. Their pants weren’t changed. The smell of fire wasn’t even on them.” – Daniel 3:26-27 (WEB)
When you know who God is, you are confident of what He can do. Because you know Him by heart, you are confident on whom you believe. You are firm to stay on God’s side even in the face of danger. You have the courage to stay obedient even when it may seem to cost your life. You are sure that He is able to rescue you, protect you, and deliver you from the danger that threatens you. And even if He won’t keep you out of danger, you know you are in good hands when your life is securely held in God’s hands. As Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego said that even if God won’t deliver them, they still choose to worship God alone.
Fear may threaten your peace but take heart and keep trusting in the sovereign God. The God of Meshach, Shadrach, and Abednego who delivered them from the fiery furnace is still the same God today who is able to deliver you from harm.
”Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me. Your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” – Psalm 23:4 (WEB)