Week 5 | Thursday

Thursday

Redemption (Forgiveness)

Read: 1 Peter 4:12; Daniel 3

“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.”

Wow. The dedication of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego was unwavering. I mean, when the King told them to bow down and worship the image of gold, they didn’t even blink. I imagine myself in the same situation, and I wonder what I’d do. They could have lied; they could have complied publicly but continued to worship their God privately. But instead, they calmly and quickly replied, “Um, King, we just want to let you know that we’re not going to do that.” And that was it. Not only did they trust in God to save them, but they would continue to worship Him even if He chose not to.

Pastor Jeff shared with us on Sunday that once we anticipate tests, analyze tests and accept tests, we then have to ADVANCE in them – to continue on when our feet are held to the fire, trusting that God is in control. It’s not easy, and I fail a LOT; I get so close to the edge of the furnace and turn back, and in doing so, I throw away an opportunity for God to receive glory through my obedience.

Romans 5:19 says, “For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.” Just as Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego willingly stepped into the fire, Jesus willingly took our place on the cross. Because He trusted His Father – OUR Father – the sins of the world were paid for, and you and I can live in freedom.

Pray: God, help me to trust You – privately and publicly. When other things seek my attention, help me be obedient and make choices that please You. Give me the courage and the wisdom to seek Your fame above all else. In Jesus’ name, amen.