Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
December 9 Scripture Selection: Daniel 3-4
Food for Thought: Dan. 3:8-30
All of us at one time or another find ourselves having to decide whether to bow to the god of this world or not. In most cases, it is not the ostentatious gigantic idol, but subtle, disguised ones meant to draw our attention and cause us to devote ourselves to them, attempting to entice us to abandon our Christian values and follow the crowd, instead of giving all our devotion to the One true God. However, if we remain true to our faith like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, great things will come of it.
In the face of enormous pressure to do as the king required, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego stood their ground professing confidence in the Lord and did not back down even when they knew the terrible consequences. Cast into the furnace, they were not alone; the Lord stood with them and preserved them from evil. When we refuse to bow to the enemy, we, too, are accompanied and protected by the Lord. And that brings about a life of amazing testimonies which the Lord uses to draw people to Himself.
Our tenacity may not look like it accomplishes much in the moment of pressure, but it actually can even lead to a change in hearts, policies, and laws. Eventually Nebadchadnezzar had to admit that the Lord is the “most high God,” which led to a complete change in the law of the land. Without firm believers in the Lord, that never would have happened. Paul and Silas are New Testament examples of how their refusal to adhere to man’s demands changed the lives of the jailer, his family, and most likely even the other prisoners with who were with them (Acts 16:25-34).
Standing strong in the face of such pressures is not just a private issue; it affects all of society. When we refuse to go along with the ways of the world, even at a high personal cost, darkness is pushed back, and Light recovers territory. It is what brings about change. And when the whole Body of Christ perseveres, just imagine the impact!
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):
Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):
Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):