This morning I had a wonderful revelation. I didn’t want to delay and miss any of d points, so m typing it down immediately….
Daniel 3rd chapter…..
we know that it talks about a mighty act of God….we have been hearing about it even before our schooling and its d favorite story to most of us…..
But I missed to notice two key points of the chapter and one from Daniel chapter 1…
1. I often focused on “God saves” and “if He doesn’t”…. (from Dan 3:17-18)
So it kinda became to me like, “God can save us or He may not save us”, in everything…i started to doubt every aspect of my life. Every situation in life I doubted “will He…. or not??”….
but I missed the key point…..
Dan 3:17 – If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is ableto deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand.
Dan 3:18 – But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”
This morning when I was reading this I realized something and reread it again and again, from the 17th verse – the God we serve is ABLE
He is able to deliver us…..
and the 18th verse can be put in simple words “no matter what, we won’t bow or worship ur gods/idols”….
haha suddenly my thought pattern changed….
MEET THE ABLE GOD
He is able to deliver us from all evil…
Any sort of circumstances, any amount of fiery furnaces and lions dens….and no matter what, we serve Him and Him alone….coz Our God is Able……Amen….
2. Second one sounds regular but it’s the most important one….
when we take a stand for the Lord, we not only make God happy, but we will glorify His name and others will see His glory and praise His name…
Read Daniel 3:19-30….
after Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego say to the king that they won’t bow before his golden idol, the king becomes furious…He orders the furnace to be heated seven times hotter than usual…he commands strongest men to tie these three fellows and throw them into furnace….coz furnace was so hot, even the men who went there to throw these three into it, got burnt and died…..but the king gets his surprise of his life…..he sees four men, instead of three in the furnace. He realizes that the fourth one is an Angel (sons of God) and he also notices that non of them are harmed, not even their clothes are burnt…..
immediately he approaches the mouth of the furnace and calls “Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, servants of the Most High God, come out! Come here!”….
and in 28th and 29th verses
28 Then Nebuchadnezzar said, “Praise be to the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who has sent his angel and rescued his servants! They trusted in him and defied the king’s command and were willing to give up their lives rather than serve or worship any god except their own God. 29 Therefore I decree that the people of any nation or language who say anything against the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego be cut into pieces and their houses be turned into piles of rubble, for no other god can save in this way.”
Glory be to God
3. we all know this scripture portion-
So then, about eating food sacrificed to idols: We know that an idol is nothing at all in the world and that there is no God but one…… 1 Cor 8:4
But not everyone knows this. Some people are still so accustomed to idols that when they eat such food they think of it as having been sacrificed to an idol, and since their conscience is weak, it is defiled….. 1 Cor 8:7 >
So by this scripture portion we understand that we have to keep our conscience clear that there is only one God and idol is nothing at all and we can eat the food offered to idols…….
But this morning I realize that God likes us to be like
Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah who did not defile their bodies by eating foreign food (read Daniel 1:5-14)…
why didn’t they eat kings food?? Some say they are vegetarians/ vegans…. some say that kings food had high cholesterol stuff (u knw, u can imagine) and doesn’t go with the laws given in Deuteronomy….etc……..
yet it is also logical to think that may be the food is sacrificed/ offered to some idol…..
O I am not trying to contradict what Paul says. But certainly Paul did not say, “be with idolatrous and eat whatever they offer to their idols”…. what he said is absolutely right….we can eat such food coz idol is nothing at all in the world…… but do it when there is an absolute necessity…. say for example when you are starving and there is no other go than to eat such food… etc etc, u can relate to….but when there is a choice, u better avoid because certainly God likes us to be like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah
Read the portions after Danial 1:14…. The chief will test them for ten days and sees that they are very well built than those who ate kings food and drank wine…..God blessed them with all kinds of knowledge…..
and King notices that “In every matter of wisdom and understanding about which the king questioned them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and enchanters in his whole kingdom. Dan 1:20″
God bless you…in Jesus’ name, Amen….