DOUBLE DESTINY DAILY DEVOTIONAL
Friday 28 JUNE, 2019
WILL YOU DENY JESUS
The boldness of Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-Nego in our text today is a shining example of courage to stand publicly for God against life-threatening situations in our Christian race. Nebuchadnezzar erected a golden image in the “plain of Dura” in the province of Babylon. The image was of enormous size. He called on his subjects from the highest to the lowest rank in Babylon to bow down or worship the image at the sound of various musical instruments with a threat of death by fire to any person who cares to disobey him (v6).
But, Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-Nego answered and said to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter” (v16). They declared “Our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand” (v17). And even if God decided to allow them to die, they decided not to bow to the king’s image. Angered, the king ordered that the fire be heated seven more times (v19). They were thrown into the fire; but God saved them (v 23,24). Nebuchadnezzar saw them loosed, walking in the midst of the fire with a fourth man. The King identified the fourth person as “the Son of God” (v24). He recognized God’s power in action and blessed the name of God (v28). He decreed that anyone, Nation, or language which speaks evil against the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-Nego shall be punished, “because there is no other God who can deliver like this” (v29).
Believers are faced with similar trials in life today. The unbelieving world often confronts faithful believers with the same ultimatum, calling us to submit to idol worship, occultism at school, office and business world. What should be our response? We too must be willing and courageous to go to the furnace and face trials for our faith.
Those who stand for God will definitely enjoy His blessings.
Lord, make me bold today to confront all the trials of life around me.
BIBLE READING FOR THE YEAR
1 Kings 8-9; Matthew 8: 1-17
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