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, Your Majesty.” 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 3:24-25 (NIV).
Nebuchadnezzar had been so angry that he commanded the fiery furnace to be made as hot as possible so he could murder Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. They were thrown into this pit of hell for their defiance in not worshipping Nebuchadnezzar’s golden idol of himself. All of a sudden, he sees the three men in the furnace pit but also a fourth man – an angel – and all four men are just fine.
Do you believe in angels?
I’ve written here about the time my toddler son got hurt when he sprayed bleach in his eyes. I was briefly downstairs when all of a sudden I heard music blaring upstairs. I rushed back up to find Dillon, across the room, playing with the bleach bottle and crying. I initially thought he had turned up the music, but I instantly saw it would have been impossible for him to do that and get to where he was in the 30 seconds or so that I was out of the room. In my mind, someone else was there to sound the alarm. It must have been an angel.
Or there was the homeless man I encountered in San Francisco. I regularly gave away food to the homeless, and one time I tried with several people but they wouldn’t accept it. Finally, I saw a disheveled, smelly, hulk of a man. I walked over to him and offered the food, thinking he was just another drug addict or mentally ill person. Instead, he purposefully looked into my eyes, and calmly, lucidly thanked me. I said “you’re welcome” and walked away. When I turned around to look for him a few minutes later, he was gone yet we were nowhere near a corner. Angelic.
Or there’s the strange woman who appeared out of nowhere just a few days ago to offer assistance in the rain, in the middle of the night, during a very desperate moment.
How many times in any given day are we protected from harm in this chaotic world? How many ways can we think of beings sent by the Lord coming to encourage us, or help us without words, or offer up assistance out of the blue? An angel was sent to protect the three men in the furnace, and it happened to the glory of God. Remember the old Alabama song? It’s true: I believe there are angels among us.
For further reading: Daniel 3:26
Lord Jesus, thank You for sending Your angels to guide and protect us.
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