Thursday: Psalms 116-118; Daniel 3.19-30; Hebrews 2.1-8

From: Natasha Cassamajor

After Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego refuse to bow down to a golden image/idol, they are tossed into a fiery furnace. They politely declined the king’s order to bow down to a false God. These men knew the God they served. They did not have a false hope in an unknown God; their hope was set on the one true living God that they knew.

In verse 16, when the King asks Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego what god will save them from his hands, they reply: “our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us out of your hand, O King.” How bold and how kind is this decline? The men knew what their fate would be for refusing to worship the king’s idol. Yet, they chose to obey God even unto death. They chose to trust in God’s promise to protect them. 

Verse 1 in Hebrews 2 says: “therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it.” What have you heard, my brothers and sisters? Have you heard that God is faithful to keep you? God is speaking to each of us; can we hear Him? If you are having a hard time saying “no” to cultural norms and idols, be encouraged by these men who said “no” to what everyone else was doing. Idol worship was very popular in that time. In our current times and culture we have new things to worship. We can worship academic success, we can exalt and worship our race and culture, we can worship anything in our life, but we are being called to say “no” to everything that exalts itself above God.

It can feel lonely to say “no” to what our friends and families are saying “yes” to. The holidays are around the corner and loved ones will ask for your input on different cultural issues. Be encouraged and know that God is with you as you choose to seek and follow Him only.

I just had a birthday and I’m looking forward to how God wants to move in my life this year. My neighborhood group has been such a blessing this Fall. Come join us in Somerville.