“There has never been a god who can pull off a rescue like this.” Daniel 3:29b
King Nebuchadnezzar, in an angry rage, ordered some strong men to build a roaring fire in the furnace and throw Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, into the hot coals. The flames were so strong that they killed the strong men, but the three men, along with an unknown god-like man, did a little victory dance on the coals. Nebuchadnezzar couldn’t believe his eyes and ordered them out of the furnace. When he examined them, not one hair was singed nor the skin blistered. The king had no answer for this miracle other than the men’s faith in God had saved them.
There’s a new application being developed for a smartphone or tablet called Buddy Rescue. One can install the app and then subscribe to a program that would alert the fire department and other subscribers in the neighborhood to try to get their pet out of their house in case of a fire. Dog-loving people are willing to pay for this service, even when the odds are against their house burning down. Some people have rebuffed this concept and said, “Install a doggy door so they can get themselves out of a burning house.”
I don’t know anything about how dogs react to fire–if they would hide under a bed or seek the fresh air outdoors. If people put their faith in a doggy door instead of Buddy Rescue, there could possibly be a devastating outcome to a house fire. If I were a pet-lover, I would want both–the door and the rescue program.
That’s what Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego had–a buddy in the sky who kept an eye on them and protected them from being burned alive.
Dear Lord, please be my buddy rescuer when I’m in trouble. Amen.