I am thinking today about a sermon I heard on Sunday night. It was Daniel chapter 3. You know the story, Shadrack, Meshack and Abednego. It was good to be reminded of these men, excuse me, Boys, who stood for what they believed in...even to the fiery furnace.
It makes me ashamed to think how easy we have it around here in America. We worship who and how we want. It's the law. But what about all those around the world who worship in secret or in fear of persecution? It is very real today.
But this story also reminds me of the times in my life when I must not compromise and stand for what I believe in because God told me to. This ties to my post on hypocrisy, I suppose it is still close to my heart and on my mind.
So today, if you have time... or better yet... make time to read Daniel 3. My favorite part is this:
Starting in verse 16 "Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to the king, "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. 18 But 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."
They believed that God would save them, "but even if he does not" They trusted that God had a bigger plan. How hard is that? Trusting God no matter what. Well I can tell you, it is hard sometimes, but that is what it is all about. Putting it all on the line, giving it to God and saying, "no matter what happens... I'm with you God"
Are there areas you need to do this in your life? There certainly are in mine. I'm going to be thinking about that today and talking to God about it. I expect there will be some repentance involved.