“Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23
One of my favorite Old Testament Bible stories is that of the three Hebrew men who were put into a furnace because of their loyalty to God. King Nebuchadnezzar made a decree that every man who hears the sound of music is to fall down and worship a golden image. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego refused to fall down and worship the golden image. So they were tied up and cast into the furnace of blazing fire.
Then the herald loudly proclaimed, "This is what you are commanded to do, O peoples, nations and men of every language: As soon as you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipes and all kinds of music, you must fall down and worship the image of gold that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up. Whoever does not fall down and worship will immediately be thrown into a blazing furnace." Daniel 3:4
The three men had committed a bold act of disloyalty to the king; but it was a courageous act of loyalty to the Lord.
Years later, during the reign of King Darius, informers exposed Daniel for violating a decree against prayer to any god or ruler other than King Darius. Daniel was caught in the privacy of his room praying to God and spies reported him to the King.
He was then cast into the lion’s den. Daniel spent a night in a sealed cave occupied with lions. When King Darius checked on Daniel the next morning and called out to Daniel, he was surprised.
Daniel answered, "O king, live forever! Daniel 6:21 "My God sent his angel, and he shut the mouths of the lions. They have not hurt me, because I was found innocent in his sight. Nor have I ever done any wrong before you, O king. The king was overjoyed and gave orders to lift Daniel out of the den. And when Daniel was lifted from the den, no wound was found on him, because he had trusted in his God." Daniel 6:22-23
God once again delivered His faithful followers from death. Ask yourself, what would happen if you were punished for practicing your faith? And what if the only way to entrap you would be to catch you being loyal to God?
(Would there be enough evidence to convict you?)
Posted on Mon, January 30, 2012
by Cliff Ellison