November 18, 2014

The Right Answer

When King Nebuchadnezzar threatened to throw Sadrach,Meshach,and Abednego into the fire to be burned because they refused to bow down and worship his statue, they gave him a great answer:

Daniel 3:16-18  “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego replied, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not worried about what will happen to us.  If we are thrown into the flaming furnace, our God is able to deliver us; and he will deliver us out of your hand, Your Majesty.  But if He doesn’t, please understand, sir, that even then we will never under any circumstance serve your gods or worship the gold statue you have erected.”

If you don’t know the story….God, indeed, not only delivered them alive….but showed up inside the firey furnace and stood with them. Even if He had not, their hearts were set on commitment and loyalty to the Lord…..even if it meant the grave.

At some point in all our lives I think we get to make this choice. The idol to bow down to may be different (political correctness, one world religion, denying Christ in some way). I think we will all have to make a decision. I pray that we can settle it in our hearts now to have the courage to answer as they did “… we will never under any circumstance serve your gods or worship…” They had already decided. Thank you Lord for their example and may it be written in our hearts as well. Help us be settled in the fact that You, and You alone, are our God and You alone are worthy of our worship.

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