Convictions – You are being watched!
Be they children, youth, young parents or the elderly, your convictions are being judged by someone somewhere.When “Follow me as I follow Christ!” is our battle cry, this becomes reason for rejoicing, not fear. If I progress in the knowledge and strength of the Lord, seek the same. We are in this spiritual war together.A ninety-foot-high statue is an impressive feat of engineering in anybody’s language (Daniel 3). All that those three Jewish boys had to do was bow down to it when the music started. They could have easily reasoned: “Is giving lip service to a narcissistic king really that bad? But for one other person we know of, no one will notice, no one will even care. And after the dedication ceremony is over, we can just go back to worshiping our own God in our own way.”Standing against Nebuchadnezzar’s edict meant the promise of death by fire. Despite this, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego took the consequences of their protest against false worship. God’s deliverance of these men from the fire couldn’t go unnoticed by Nebuchadnezzar. Others may have convincingly feigned belief in his deity, and it may have gone to his head a time of two, but seeing the fourth man in the fire was beyond all of their god-complex charades. The Real God of Heaven made his presence known.When godly men refuse to compromise—no matter what the outcome—God is glorified, and the blessings of truth are put on display for one and all to see. Nebuchadnezzar summed up the results of their unflinching convictions:“Praise be to the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who has sent his angel and rescued his servants! They trusted in him and defied the king’s command and were willing to give up their lives rather than serve or worship any god except their own God” (Daniel 3:28).John StaigerIf you have been blessed by this message, please feel free to: Like, Comment or Share it with your friends. (306)