And the satraps, administrators, governors, and the king’s counsellors gathered together, and
they saw these men on whose bodies the fire had no power; the hair of their head was not
singed nor were their garments affected, and the smelt of fire was not on them.
No one could say that George Smith didn’t have courage. A daring test pilot in the 1950s,
back when the sound barrier was first being broken, he could face anything until he had to
bail out of a jet going 805 miles per hour.
Though he survived, he was so fearful he thought he might never fly again. Then, during his
hospital stay, a nurse gave him an antidote to fear.
He took her words to heart when she said, “Courage is knowing the worst and discovering
that, In God’s world, the very worst can’t really hurt you.”
Daniel’s three friends experienced the worst that King Nebuchadnezzar could dish out to
He not only cast them into a fiery furnace but also had the furnace heated seven times
hotter than usual. The flames were so deadly that the king’s men who cast the three Jewish
teens into the fire were themselves consumed by the heat.
But When it was all over, God so protected Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-Nego that they
emerged from the flames without the smell of smoke on their clothes and without a singed
hair on their bodies.
Nothing can happen to a Christian without first passing through the hands of an all-powerful
Furthermore, He is committed to the protection of those He loves. The psalmist declared,
“Therefore we will not fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be
carried into the midst of the sea; though its waters roar and be troubled, though the mountains
shake with its swelling” (Ps.46:2-3).
The fiery furnace of affliction can bring you pain and heartache, but it can’t cause you eternal
harm. God is your protector.
You are, the apple of His eye (Zech.2:8), and under His wings you will find safety forever
(ps.17:8; 57:1). Replace your fears with faith. Enjoy God’s protection in your hottest furnace of
WHAT GOD PROTECTS, NOTHING HARMS.