Psalm 22:1 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from my cries of anguish? 2 My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer, by night, but I find no rest.
When does God come to help His children? Does He wait until we are really earnest about our need? Does He come only after we have repented of every sin and made a promise to live better? Does God delay in giving His help until we deserve it or does the grace of God provide all we need – even before we need it?
Then Nebuchadnezzar was furious with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, and his attitude toward them changed. He ordered the furnace heated seven times hotter than usual and commanded some of the strongest soldiers in his army to tie up Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego and throw them into the blazing furnace. So these men, wearing their robes, trousers, turbans and other clothes, were bound and thrown into the blazing furnace. The king’s command was so urgent and the furnace so hot that the flames of the fire killed the soldiers who took up Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, and these three men, firmly tied, fell into the blazing furnace. (Daniel 3:19-23) Consider once again the fiery furnace of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Scripture says that the furnace was so hot, it destroyed all those who came near it. Jesus did not wait until after there was prayer, repentance, worship or any other spiritual endeavor. He did not wait until after they were in the flames. By then it would have been too late. No my friend, Jesus was already in the fire, waiting to receive them.
Jesus had to already be there for them or else the flames would have immediately destroyed them. His arms of love, compassion and protection had to be around them even as they were being led to the furnace, or else His help would have been too late.
Exactly when Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego realized that Jesus was with them we don’t know; but this we do know – the protective care of Jesus was with them long before they realized the magnitude of their crisis. Never forget, what might appear to be a crisis tomorrow is already in His control today.