THURSDAY, MAY 20
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego replied, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you. 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 3:16-18 (NLT)
LOVE GOD, LOVE PEOPLE – KEYS: NO STRINGS ATTACHED
There was a story about a man who wanted to steal a goat. He took his four children and said to them: “You hide up front, you hide by my left, you hide at my back, and you hide by my right. If you see anybody coming, give me a sign and I will quickly stop whatever I’m doing.” But as he moved to catch the goat, one of the children exclaimed, “Papa, wait, wait.” The man said, “What is the matter? Is somebody coming?” The child said, “No, who is watching this way?” He pointed to the sky. In other words, the father had taken care of the north, east, south and west but the small child pointed to and asked about heaven? How about God? Does He not see you? The man left the goat. (Daniel Olukoya)
Someone has said, “Integrity is doing the right thing even when no one is looking.” In Daniel 3, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were committed to doing the right thing even if it costs them. Their love for God didn’t change with the culture or the pressure from others. They knew enough about God to know that He was still worthy of love and praise even when life got difficult.
When have you been tempted to walk away from God during trying times? What helped you keep the faith or brought you back to God?
Praise God for the things about His character that make Him worthy of love and praise even during difficult seasons. Ask God to grow your faith in Him.