For those of us who have been in the Christian circles for a while, the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the fiery furnace is a familiar one. Although it is a familiar story many people forget about the fourth person in the furnace. Jesus was that fourth person. It was His presence in the furnace that allowed Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego to survive that dreadful event. Not only did they survive the fiery furnace, the event would prompt King Nebuchadnezzar to at least recognize their God as The Most High.
For many years, this encouraging story of Jesus’ power and strength would be a discouragement to me. I would long to have Jesus’ power and strength displayed in my life like it was in the lives of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. However, there seemed to be no evidence of this in my life. It would take a very difficult season and situation in my life for me to finally recognize and see the power and strength of Jesus.
About twelve years ago, I felt God leading me to quit my job and pursue another career. The career I was pursuing was a sales job that was a commission only pay. After several months of trying to make this commission only sales job, I realized this was not the career for me. With many months of very little income coming in, I knew I needed to find a job that brought in a consistent paycheck. The job I found was at a restaurant. Although it was not my ideal job, it brought in a consistent, yet minimal, paycheck. I was grateful for the job, but it was still not enough to pay all the bills. I decided to look for another job, which I found at a moving company. Both jobs were very demanding physically. This situation in my life was compounded by the fact that I had only been married for about two years, and I was a new father. With all that was going on in my life, I was coming to a breaking point. All the demands were weighing heavily on me. It was at this point, I had to look to Jesus to bring me strength to withstand all the demands. I would begin to really rely on Him. He became my Mighty God.