24 Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonished, and rose up in haste, and spake, and said unto his counsellors, Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? They answered and said unto the king, True, O king.
25 He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.
26 Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the mouth of the burning fiery furnace, and spake, and said, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, ye servants of the most high God, come forth, and come hither. Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, came forth of the midst of the fire.
27 And the princes, governors, and captains, and the king’s counsellors, being gathered together, saw these men, upon whose bodies the fire had no power, nor was an hair of their head singed, neither were their coats changed, nor the smell of fire had passed on them.
28 Then Nebuchadnezzar spake, and said, Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who hath sent his angel, and delivered his servants that trusted in him, and have changed the king’s word, and yielded their bodies, that they might not serve nor worship any god, except their own God.
29 Therefore I make a decree, That every people, nation, and language, which speak any thing amiss against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, shall be cut in pieces, and their houses shall be made a dunghill: because there is no other God that can deliver after this sort.
-Often when we face trials, we aren’t satisfied until the circumstance has completely passed. But by accepting such a narrow view of difficult times we miss out on the fullness of God’s power. Paul said, “I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” (2 Corinthians 12:9) God is able to work mightily not just by freeing us from our difficulty, but by freeing us in our difficulty. Consider the Hebrew boys here in Daniel 3; they faced the terrible trial of choosing to burn in a fire in order to defend their (well-placed) faith. God could have simply put out the fire, but instead He showed up personally and loosed their bonds. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were still in the midst of their circumstance, but they moved freely in it because the Lord was there to help them. Notice that they were in no rush to leave the fire either and came out only after the king called them. They stayed not because the fire did them any good, but because often the best way to honor the Lord is to show His enemies how He can sustain us when nothing or no one else can.