7.27.2009

“There is no other god who can rescue like this!”  Daniel 3:29

King Nebuchadnezzar’s words in the above referenced scripture stood out to me as I read the popular story of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego to my children tonight.  King Nebuchadnezzar built a golden statue and decreed that at the sound of the music, every knee should bow to his golden image.  Anyone who didn’t bow, would be thrown into the fiery furnace.  As you know, these three men refused to bow.  They were brought before the king who offered them a second chance.  They refused the offer saying, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. 17 If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and he will rescue us from your hand, O king. 18But even if he does not, we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”  The fire was turned up so hot that the men who threw them in were burned to death.  The king quickly noticed that there were four men walking around in the fire and called  Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego to come out.  And then, because of the faith these men displayed, the same furious king that commanded they be thrown into the fire verbally declared the awesomeness of the their God.

Our world is in desperate need of this kind of faith.  We as Christians have daily opportunities in our culture to demonstrate our faith but we surcome to fears of social consequences. (Not death by fire!)  This kind of shallow faith has caused us to blend in with our culture.  We miss our opportunities to be “salt and light”  because we refuse to go against the grain of our society.  We will only be taken seriously by the world when our faith drives us to be as radically different as Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were.

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