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Jesus will never abandon those who keep the faith

Thought for the weekend

By Rev Gareth Burke

Published 03/09/2016

Last week I got a bit of a shock. I was attending a conference in Scotland not far from Stirling. The accommodation was pleasant but basic - dorm style rooms with communal bathrooms as opposed to single rooms with an en suite facility attached. There were three of us in the room. Just three.

On Tuesday evening we put the light out fairly late and went to sleep. However the next morning, to my great surprise, there were four of us in the room.

It appears that someone had come as a day visitor to the conference but had stayed up rather too late talking to his friends and had decided to stay the night. So there he was in the morning - happily snoring in one of the beds while the rest of us debated who he was and how he came to be there.

It's rather like Nebuchadnezzar. He was very unhappy with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. They simply refused to bow down to the very impressive statue that he had made (Daniel 3). As those who were trusting in God they were utterly unprepared to bow down to the image of gold.

Despite his strong threat that if they didn't bow down and worship the statue they would be thrown into a burning fiery furnace they simply refused to obey his command.

The king of Babylon wasn't used to this kind of opposition. Incensed, he threw them into the flames. Three of them were cast into the fire.

However, when the king went to observe the scene a little later he was shocked to discover that there were four men in the fire.

He said: 'Look 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' (Daniel 3:25).

Who was the fourth man? None other than the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God. He never leaves his people alone. He's always with us in trial and difficulty.

If you have turned from your sin and have embraced him as your Saviour and friend, take heart, you'll always know his protection and care.

'When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you. For I am the Holy One of Israel, your Saviour' (Isaiah 42: 2 & 3).

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