Now if ye be ready that at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, ye fall down and worship the image which I have made; well: but if ye worship not, ye shall be cast the same hour into the midst of a burning fiery furnace; and who is that God that shall deliver you out of my hands? ~Daniel 3:15
We live in an age where there is an increase in the number of people who either do not believe in God or say that they are undecided. However, like in Nebuchadnezzar’s day, everyone has a god they bow to. In his case, he made a monstrous, golden image of himself that he demanded everyone in the kingdom to bow to. When he heard that three Hebrew, young men would not bow to his image, he was in a rage. He mocked them by asking them, “Who is that God that shall deliver you from my wrath and fiery furnace?” Notice how they boldly and accurately testify of Who that God is.
Who is this God? He’s our God, Whom we serve.
They made it clear that there is only one God they serve and worship. Service is when we perform acts of love and devotion. All of God’s people should serve the Lord. Serving is an expression of our worship of God. They were unashamed in telling the king that their God is the God they serve. Serving God involves our time. It is never a waste of time serving God. Serving God involves our talent. We use our gifts and abilities in serving God. We should give God our best years, our best opportunities, and our best effort. If He is your God, serve Him!
Who is this God? He’s our God, Who is Supreme.
They said, “Our God whom we serve is able.” God is more than capable of taking care of us. There is nothing He cannot do. We are not told that they had ever personally proven God in His supremacy. However, they knew their Bible well enough to know the supreme acts of God. They knew His power to open the Red Sea and the Jordan River. They knew how He defeated armies much larger than Israel’s army. They knew that He is El Shaddai: God Almighty. He is not only able; He is more than able. God can do anything but fail! If He is your God, believe He is able!
Who is this God? He’s our God, Who is our Shield.
These three men were not injured by the flame of the fire. Not one part of them was touched by the flames. Their hair, clothing, and bodies were unharmed. There was no smell of smoke on them. Jesus walked with them through the fire. They were never alone in this trial. God shielded them from all harm, injury, and burning. The king was overwhelmingly convinced of God’s power and sovereignty when they came out of the fire. People are more compellingly impressed with Who our God is after we come out of the fire than before the fire. If He is your God, let Him be your Shield!
Who is this God? He’s our God, to Whom we are steadfast.
They told the king, “Even if our God does not deliver us from the fire, we still will not bow to your image.” These men had strong convictions that they were willing to die for. The world is never impressed with wishy-washy Christians. The world wants to see Christians who are steadfast: Christians who can say, like Paul, “I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able.” Being steadfast is not bowing or bending. It’s holding your ground, even if it costs you. Who is that God? If God is real in your life, be willing to take a stand for Him in this godless society. Be “stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord”!
Have a God-glorifying God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: Deuteronomy 1-3