I’ve heard the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego many times. I’m pretty sure I sang a song about them in Sunday school. But yesterday, I learned something new about these three Godly men, something that never caught my attention before. The pastor at church quoted this verse during his sermon. I’ve added bold letters to the part that struck me the most.
“If the God we serve exists, then He can rescue us from the furnace of blazing fire, and He can rescue us from the power of you, the king. But even if He does not rescue us, we want you as king to know that we will not serve your gods or worship the gold statue you set up.” (Daniel 3:17-18 Holman Christian Standard Version).
In the spirit of Valentine’s Day – I’ve gotta say, THAT’S LOVE. I wrote a post two weeks ago on my experience of love and the challenge true love really requires. Ok, that post PALES in comparison to this one. I have to look at my own life after reading and re-reading (and re-reading) this verse and ask myself, “Hmm…if I was facing the flaming inferno of a hot-as-hell furnace and I knew God could save me but also recognized the reality that He may chose not to, would I still express my fullest dedication, faith, and allegiance to Him?” God clearly states that our faith can move mountains (Matthew 17:20). He also says that this level of faith without love makes us the equivalent of NOTHING (I Corinthians 13:2). I think that’s because, even though we may possess the faith to move mountains, God doesn’t promise that He’ll actually move the mountain. It’s just a possibility. So, without expressing love – the willingness to cling to God with our fullest capacity even when the mountain doesn’t budge – we’re nothing.
So hard. So worth it. Thanks boys for the lesson.