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Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego (1)

‘The king appointed Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego administrators over the province of Babylon.’ Daniel 2:49 NIV

Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego knew if they refused to bow down to the thirty-metre-tall statue of King Nebuchadnezzar, they would be executed. But they made a defining decision to stand up for what was right, rather than bow down to what was wrong.

Most of us could have come up with a dozen rationalisations: ‘I’m bowing down on the outside, but I’m standing up on the inside,’ or ‘I’ll ask for forgiveness right after I get back up,’ or ‘What good am I to God if I’m dead?’ But it’s our rationalisations that often annul His revelations. When we compromise our integrity, we don’t leave room for divine intervention. When we take matters into our own hands, we take God out of the equation. When we try to manipulate a situation, we miss out on the miracle.

If Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego had compromised their integrity and bowed to the statue, they may still have been delivered from the fiery furnace—but it would have been by the hand of Nebuchadnezzar, not God. And it would have been from, not through. They would have forfeited their testimony by failing the test. And while they would have saved their lives, they would have sacrificed their integrity. It was their integrity that triggered the miracle. It was their integrity that allowed God to show up and show off. Their integrity paid off: ‘Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the province of Babylon.’ (Daniel 3:30 NIV)

Bottom line: when you do the right thing, God will do the right thing by you!

written by Bob Gass
 
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Dear Sister @ladylovesJesus
The words that these three young spoke to the King to me were priceless. They spoke of their trust and faith in God. Even to death!

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we [are] not careful to answer thee in this matter. If it be [so], our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver [us] out of thine hand, O king. But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up. Daniel 3:16-18

Thanks for sharing this sister.
With the Love of Christ Jesus.
YBIC
Nick
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