Will You Bow, Or Will You Stand?

Daily God Walk for Tuesday, November 10, 2009

 If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and he will rescue us from your hand, O king. But, even if he does not, we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.” – Daniel 3:17-18

 This is one of the great stories of victory in the Bible. These three young Hebrew princes, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, stood in the face of imminent danger and declared their faith in Jehovah.

We remember this story from our days in Sunday School. The king made a decree that everyone in the kingdom would bow before the golden image or suffer being thrown in the furnace. These three young men defied the king and vowed they would not bow.

They believed God would deliver them, but whether he did or didn’t was not the issue. The issue was that they were not going to give homage to any deity except the Lord God. Their faith gave them the courage to persevere even under the threat of a horrible death.

I am concerned today that far too many believers have bought into the philosophy which teaches that truth is relative and what I believe may not agree with your truth, but that’s OK because we each have our own truth. Some today would not have felt obliged to resist the king because, after all, it’s only a gesture, it doesn’t really tell who I am or what I really believe.

On the contrary, it does tell who you are and what you believe. Bowing would reveal that you really don’t believe Jehovah is the true God and that you are more concerned with offending the king than in standing up for the God you claim to believe in.

Our faith is being challenged today. We may not be threatened with the furnace but we are being threatened in subtle ways. We are intimidated about sharing Christ in the marketplace and in schools. Our children are taught moral relativism and tolerance in a pluralistic society. We are being asked to bow before the altar of humanism today – will you bow or will you stand?

 Principle: What you bow before reveals who you are on the inside.

 Affirmation: I have counted the cost and I will not bow.

 Prayer: Lord, grant me the wisdom to discern the deceptions of humanistic thought and the strength to stand against it. In Jesus name, amen.

 Bible Reading: Psalm 54 – Nehemiah 5-6 – 1 John 2 – Proverbs 10

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