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Even If He Doesn't

Even If He Doesn't

12 September 2009

Scripture:

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego replied, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God whom we serve is able to save us. He will rescue us from your power, Your Majesty. But even if he doesn’t, Your Majesty can be sure that we will never serve your gods or worship the gold statue you have set up.” (Daniel 3:16-18 NLT)

I love the stories in Daniel about Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego, and Daniel himself. These are men who made the best of difficult situations, faced the greatest challenges, never compromised their convictions, and exemplify the highest and best in character and courage.

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego refused to bow to Nebuchadnezzar’s golden idol, accepting the death sentence rather than compromise their faith in the One True God. Read all of Daniel chapter three for context, but consider these powerful concepts for the challenges you and I face in our journey of faith:
• We do not need to defend ourselves before you, Your Majesty.
• The God whom we serve is able to save us.
• He will rescue us from your power, Your Majesty.
• But even if he doesn’t…

Prayer:

Father, please help me to keep these four faith-attitudes in my mind and heart as I face life’s challenges:
I do not have to defend myself. I don't have to be right, I don’t have to be popular, I serve at the pleasure of the Lord Jesus Christ.
I will simply serve you and simply trust you. I don't have to be praised for each act of service, and I am confident that you are able to keep what I have entrusted to you.
I will boldly declare my faith and confidence in you. I don't have to be afraid or anxious. I know you will guide, provide, and protect. I can say it before I see it!
I will have an “Even if he doesn’t…” attitude. One thing is sure – You are God and I am not. I don't have to know what will happen or how it all turns out. I determine to trust in your unfailing love.
Amen!


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