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DANIEL 3:24-25
Then King Nebuonedneazzer was astonished; and he rose in haste and spoke, saying to his
counselors, “Did we not cast three men bound into the midst of the fire?” They answered and
said to the king, “true, O king.” “Look!” he answered, “I see four men loose, walking In the
midst of the fire; and they are not hurt, and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.”
In his book Healing for Damaged Emotions, David seamands wrote, “The day before the
[open heart] surgery, a nurse came into my room to visit. She took hold of my hand, and told
me to feel it.
Now, she said, during the surgery tomorrow you will be disconnected from your heart and
you will be kept alive only by virtue of certain machines, When the operation is over, you
will waken in a special recovery room.
But you will be immobile for as long as six hours. You may be unable to move, speak, or to
even open your eyes, but you will be conscious. During this time I will be at your side,
holding your hand exactly as I am doing now Although you may feel absolutely helpless,
when you feel my hand; you will know that I will not leave you.
It happened exactly as the nurse told me, but I could feel the nurse’s hand in mine for hours.
And that made the difference!
As Daniel’s friends went through the fiery furnace, they were not alone, When King
Nebuchadnezzar looked into the flames, he saw not three but four men walking about.
The fourth man in the fire was the Son of God. What these men lost in the adversity of the

fiery furnace were the things that had bound them. What they gained was the certain comfort
of God’s company.
The presence of Christ made the difference. If you are going through a time of fiery testing,
let Christ’s presence bring you comfort and peace. He will hold your hand.
He will walk with you. And when it’s over, you will come, out stronger and freer than when
you went in. Don’t fear the fiery furnace, trust God.

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