Most of us are familiar with the story of the Three Hebrew Boys; Hananiah which means ‘Yahweh is gracious’, Mishael which means ‘Who is like Yahweh’, and Azariah which means ‘Yahweh has helped’. Also known by their Babylonian names as Shadrach, Meshach and Abegnego. Because they refused to bow down before a king’s prideful ambition. These teens were given the opportunity twice to adhere to Nebuchadnezzar’s edict. If they did not bow and worship this golden image, they were to be thrown into a fiery furnace. Has your failure to compromise placed you in a bad position?
What’s ironic about this story is Nebuchadnezzar had a previous encounter with God’s authority, and selective amnesia must’ve set in or he just totally dismissed the thought. (Daniel 2:46-48 NKJV) Either way, pride, once again, reared its ugly head to the point he dared asked the question and who is that God that shall deliver you out of my hands?
Unlike Nebuchadnezzar, we’ve had a previous encounter with God’s authority where He brought us out of what was seemingly an impossible situation. So, when we find ourselves in another uncomfortable position, we just need to remind ourselves of the truth of His power and the situations He’s already brought us through. Right here we should memorize this scripture…”Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10 NKJV) You see, God’s “right hand” is the symbol of His power, His protection, His love and His grace.
Who is that God people tried to touch and He healed them all? (Luke 6:19 NKJV) Who gave abundant showers and refreshed His weary inheritance? (Psalm 68:9 NKJV) Who David declares His salvation and honor? (Psalm 62:7 NKJV)
“Indeed before the day was, I am He…”
Who is that God? God declares, “That you may know and believe Me, And understand that I am He. Before Me there was no God formed, Nor shall there be after Me. I, even I, am the Lord, And besides Me there is no savior.” (Isaiah 43:10-11NKJV) “Indeed before the day was, I am He; And there is no one who can deliver out of My hand; I work, and who will reverse it?” (Isaiah 43:13 NKJV) “Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel, And his Redeemer, the Lord of hosts: ‘I am the First and I am the Last; Besides Me there is no God.” (Isaiah 44:6 NKJV) “Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, And He who formed you from the womb: “I am the Lord, who makes all things, Who stretches out the heavens all alone, Who spreads abroad the earth by Myself; Who frustrates the signs of the babblers, And drives diviners mad; Who turns wise men backward, And makes their knowledge foolishness; Who confirms the word of His servant, And performs the counsel of His messengers…” (Isaiah 44:24-26 NKJV)
Perhaps God’s declarations were the reasons Shadrach, Meshach and Abegnego reacted the way they did concerning the king’s edict or maybe they experienced His power firsthand. Whatever the reason, fearlessly, they refused to bow down and told Nebuchadnezzar just that! (Daniel 3:16-18 NKJV) There comes a time when you have to look the enemy in the face and refuse to compromise your position concerning the things of God. The next time you find yourself in what appears to be a fiery predicament because you refused to bow to men’s vanities…Just remember, you’re not standing in that fire alone, but the Alpha and Omega is in there with you and will uphold you with His righteous right hand! Then worship Him not because of what He’s done but for Who He Is!
May the Blessings of the LORD be with you today and always. Thank you for your continued readership and support. Until next week….Blessings and Peace!
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