In the Furnace

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6

 "In the Furnace" 24x18 colored pencil and acrylic paint ©Sara Drescher

"In the Furnace" 24x18 colored pencil and acrylic paint ©Sara Drescher

This piece is inspired by Daniel 3:1-30

“He said, “Look! I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound and
unharmed, and the fourth looks like a son of the gods.”  v. 25

Daniel and his three friends, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego refused to bow before the golden idol of King Nebuchadnezzar.  Punishment for this refusal is to be thrown in to a fiery furnace.  The three friends, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, declared that God would protect them and submitted to the punishment.  The flames were so hot that the soldiers who through them in were consumed.  However, the three friends were unharmed in the furnace.  A fourth person was seen in the furnace with them(v.25).  This person is considered a early appearance of Christ.  The men were taken out unharmed.  The king acknowledged the power of God and promoted the men in the kingdom. 

Many times in life we are in fiery trials.  God has promised never to leave us or forsake us even in the midst of the flames.  His presence can offer us help, power, and comfort to protect us.  Because of the Lord, the fire can be a place of growth rather than destruction.

The calligraphic lines represent prayer language.

This piece is part of a private collection.