March 28 – Devotion

Date: March 28

Scripture: Daniel 3

If this be so, 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. But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up. (Dan. 3:17-18, ESV)

According to Daniel 1, this was God’s plan for His chosen people: to be exiled and taken captive in a pagan country by the pompous, arrogant, King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon.

God knew that His children, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego would be faced with the order from this king to fall down and worship him and his idol or be sentenced to death by a fiery furnace. God knew that their refusal would be brought to the king’s attention.

God knew that the young men would not consider worshiping this king or his golden image even after a second chance to escape the fire if only they would recant their decision. God knew that they would be led to and thrown in that same furnace, now seven times hotter.

And yet, our champions of the faith responded boldly and without hesitation, “If this be so, 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. But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up (Dan. 3:17-18, ESV).

After the three were tossed into the furnace, a fourth was seen among them by Nebuchadnezzar and surely all who were present that day. The pagan king identified this fourth being as some kind of special spiritual being sent by the Israelites’ God. Christians have often associated the identity of this fourth being more directly with their Covenant God, walking with them through the fire and saving them from it at the same time.

The verses that follow reveal that the king was quite impressed with the captives’ trust in their God, and he issued another decree forbidding anyone to slander the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego:
Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who has sent his angel and delivered his servants, who trusted in him, and set aside the king’s command, and yielded up their bodies rather than serve and worship any god except their own God. Therefore I make a decree: Any people, nation, or language that speaks anything against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego shall be torn limb from limb, and their houses laid in ruins, for there is no other god who is able to rescue in this way” (Dan. 3:28-29).

The Most High God did not fail them, and He will not fail us. He is worthy of our trust. As we continue to make our way to the cross this Lenten season, to our own Jerusalems, let us remember our Covenant God, who requires our obedience and provides all we need for each step of the journey, fires and all.

Prayer for Today: Covenant God, please create in us a longing to have what Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego possessed: loving obedience to and unwavering confidence in You alone. May we boldly proclaim Your lovingkindness and faithfulness as we live out the chapters you have written for us.

Prepared By: Jennifer Smith


5 Responses to “March 28 – Devotion”

  1. Daphne McLaurin says:

    Such a powerful message.

  2. Ann Kyzar says:

    Great word, Jenn!
    God is so faithful. May we have the courage to live the lives He has prepared for us with confidence in that faithfulness!

  3. Debbie Keen says:

    Wonderful devotion from the book of Daniel, Jennifer! Thank you!

  4. Bob Mohr says:

    Needed to hear this today. Tks.

  5. Bob Mohr says:

    Needed this today!

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