Today’s Reading: Daniel 2:24-3:30 (additional reading: Psalm 119:81-96 & Proverbs 28:15-16)
To compromise one’s beliefs as a Christ follower is a constant pressure in our culture. Often it is a subtle pressure that occurs in conversation or while watching TV or in front of your computer. How can we stand up under that pressure?
You and I may never have to face persecution and death like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. But we’ve all felt pressure to compromise. We’ve all had moments when we were not as bold for Christ as we should have been. We’ve all had moments when God wanted us to say something, or God wanted us to do something, or God wanted us to take a stand on something, but we backed off because we were afraid.
We were afraid that someone might be offended. Afraid that people won’t like us anymore. Afraid that someone might say, “What gives you the right to force your value system on me? What gives you the right to act as judge and jury over how I live my life? What gives you the right to say that your way of doing things is better than my way of doing things?” Proverbs 29:25 says “Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is kept safe.”
This scripture came true in the lives of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Their firm answer to the king is one of the most courageous moments in Bible history.
This passage raises questions for us: Will you be loyal to God even if He doesn’t give you everything you want? Will you be loyal to God even if He doesn’t heal your husband’s cancer? Will you be loyal to God even if you don’t get the promotion you want? Will you be loyal to God even though He is the One who is calling the shots instead of you?
God is not a magic lamp that you can rub to get what you want anytime you want it. The true God is the all powerful Creator of the Universe. The true God is sovereign over the kingdoms of men. The true God is greater than all other gods, and greater than all other kingdoms. The true God has a purpose for our lives that overrules all of our second guessing and all of our protests.