Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to him, “King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us[i] from Your Majesty’s hand. But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.” (Daniel 3:16-18)
Here are three guys who knew the ropes.
They knew whom they had believed.
And they knew their place in the scheme of things.
They didn’t have to make a big stink, or put on a big show… They didn’t even have to know the outcome.
… All they needed to know – and do – was the next step,
“We do not need to answer you… and we will not serve your gods or worship your golden statue.”
It seems to me that we need fewer words in our lives.
The world is crying out for more stillness and more “rubber-meets-the-road” resolute action.
There is only One thing that is needful. There is only one Word that matters. And the only “stink” I should make is to God who listens… and receives, and transforms the words of my bowed knee, into a beautiful scented incense to His glory.
… Because in the end it is only God, the Almighty One, Creator of Heaven and Earth, Our Father
that will keep us safe – and unstinking – through the flames.
Jesus, you are my defender through and through. Let me know you so intimately, and trust you so completely, that I let you be my all in all, IN my all and all. … Help me to serve no other.
Watering Today: Daniel 3; Psalms 128; Revelation 21