Then Nebuchadnezzar in rage and anger gave orders to bring Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego; then these men were brought before the king. Nebuchadnezzar responded and said to them, "Is it true, Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego, that you do not serve my gods or worship the golden image that I have set up? Now if you are ready, at the moment you hear the sound of the horn, flute, lyre, trigon, psaltery and bagpipe and all kinds of music, to fall down and worship the image that I have made, very well. But if you do not worship, you will immediately be cast into the midst of a furnace of blazing fire; and what god is there who can deliver you out of my hands? Daniel 3:13-15
But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth. John 4:23-24
For we are the true circumcision, who worship in the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh. Philippians 3:3
Today's thoughts from today's verses:
Daniel’s friends were worshipers of the one true God and were being forced to worship a substitute. This was no doubt a stressful moment in their lives and an occasion for great anxiety. We don’t know whether they experienced anxiety or not. We do know that they were being asked to forsake the Lord and bow down to an idol in exchange for their lives. Put yourself in that setting and consider what your level of anxiety would have been. We also know that they were focused on their ultimate purpose in life – being true worshipers of God Almighty. Anxiety or not, in an act of worship they stayed focused on their purpose and resolved to continue to disobey the king’s command. When we faithfully worship God in the midst of life’s troubles and challenges, He has a way of seeing us through them and minimizing their negative impact on our inner person.
Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:
Lord, thank you for seeking me out to be your worshipper. What a blessing to have you at the center of my life. I know there is no greater purpose than to exist for your honor and glory. It is my desire to be faithful to you no matter what and I know you will help me serve you fully. I choose to forsake all idols in favor of trusting you with all my troubles and challenges and the stress and anxiety they bring. Amen!
Posted on Tue, April 4, 2017
by Ken Hart