Wednesday, August 7, 2013
"Even if" moments ...
The kind of "even if" moment Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego faced as told in their dramatic story in Daniel 3. When the king threatened to throw them into a furnace if they didn't bow down and worship a gold statue of his image, here's their response:
"If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God whom we serve is able to save us. He will rescue us from your power, your majesty. But even if he doesn't, we want to make it clear to you, your majesty, that we will never serve your gods or worship the gold statue you have set up," Daniel 3:17-18.
These three men knew God was more than able to rescue them, but they also knew God doesn't always rescue us from our circumstances. Whether or not God would provide a physical escape had nothing to do with their loyalty to Him. Even if they faced death in a furnace, they would remain true to God alone.
Do you have an "even if" loyalty to God? What does it take to get you to bow down to someone or something other than the true and living God?