“Come Unto Me” is a song written in 1908 by Charles P. Jones, who authored over 1,000 hymns. Here is a line from the song: “Hear the blessed Savior calling the oppressed; ’Oh, ye heavy-laden, come to Me and rest; Come, no longer tarry, I your load will bear; Bring Me every burden, bring Me every care.”
In Matthew 11:28 Matthew 11:28Come to me, all you that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
American King James Version× Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest” (New International Version). How wonderful is God that He wants us to come to Him and lay our burdens down. Paul similarly wrote: “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done” (Philippians 4:6 Philippians 4:6Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
American King James Version×, NIV). That is not so easy to do when you are “going through the fire.”
There were three men who literally went through the fire: Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego! They were brought before the King of Babylon. King Nebuchadnezzar said to them: ”Is it true, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, that you do not serve my gods or worship the gold image which I have set up? Now if you are ready at the time you hear the sound of the horn, flute, harp, lyre, and psaltery, in symphony with all kinds of music, and you fall down and worship the image which I have made, good! But, if you do not worship, you shall be cast immediately into the midst of a burning fiery furnace. And who is the god who will deliver you from my hands?” (Daniel 3:14-15 Daniel 3:14-15 14 Nebuchadnezzar spoke and said to them, Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, do not you serve my gods, nor worship the golden image which I have set up?
15 Now if you be ready that at what time you hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of music, you fall down and worship the image which I have made; well: but if you worship not, you shall be cast the same hour into the middle of a burning fiery furnace; and who is that God that shall deliver you out of my hands?
American King James Version×, NIV).
Of course they would not bend to the king. They chose to obey God no matter what. They were thrown into the furnace.
Then Nebuchadnezzar’s attention was caught when he heard the men singing praises in the furnace (Daniel 3:24 Daniel 3:24Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonished, and rose up in haste, and spoke, and said to his counsellors, Did not we cast three men bound into the middle of the fire? They answered and said to the king, True, O king.
American King James Version×). It sure is hard when we are going through a fiery trial to sing praises to God, but these men did! God protected them!
The king looked into the fiery furnace and saw not just the three men, but a figure of another walking with them.
“Then King Nebuchadnezzar leaped to his feet in amazement and asked his advisers, ‘Weren’t there three men that we tied up and threw into the fire?’ They replied, ‘Certainly, your majesty.’ 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’” (Daniel 3:24-25 Daniel 3:24-25 24 Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonished, and rose up in haste, and spoke, and said to his counsellors, Did not we cast three men bound into the middle of the fire? They answered and said to the king, True, O king.
25 He answered and said, See, I see four men loose, walking in the middle of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.
American King James Version×, NIV).
One more amazing point was that all three men were securely bound and tied and then thrown into the furnace. When the king looked, they were freely walking around. Trials can make you feel so tied up and bound and that there is no way out! But God will walk with you in whatever you are going through.
God may not intervene immediately in your life, but He will do for you just like He did for Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego! He will give you strength and will calm you while you go through your fiery furnace of trials. He will walk with you!
If God helped these men in the most difficult times of their lives, can He not also help you? The key is to go to God and cast your cares on Him, and He will give you rest! You are as important as any of the great men in the Bible. Why? Because He cares deeply for you!