Reading: Daniel 3-5
Summary: Daniel is not the only young Hebrew of great faith in Babylon. The amazing story of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego happen during this same time as well as the interpretation of a second dream by Daniel.
A final story from the Babylonian empire involves Daniel and king Belshazzar. This marks the end of Babylon’s dominance at the hand of Darius the Mede. Daniel’s story, though, is far from over.
Why Serve God?
God blesses and that is wonderful. He blesses abundantly. That’s even better. What He does on our behalf is past our finding out. And that is, well, impossible to humanly express.
So, here’s a question: why do you serve God? Think seriously about this. Is it so that you can get from Him what He has to give? Or is it because He is God?
That was the issue at hand with Job. Satan argued that Job’s devotion was only because God blessed him. God thought otherwise. The entire experience of Job, as unpleasant as it was, proved Satan wrong and God right. That’s no surprise, but it was no easy reality to live with either.
Perhaps even more pointed, and certainly more brief, is the experience of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. Notice carefully their response to Nebuchadnezzar’s insistence that they bow before his image, even under the threat of fiery death: “…our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace and he will deliver us out of your hand, O king. But if not, be it known to you, O kings, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image you have set up” (Dan. 3:17-18).
“But if not…” is a weighty phrase. Their devotion to God was not dependent on His rescuing them from harm. He was to be served exclusively because He is God. Period.
I’m happy and quite pleased for God’s blessing. I’m happier still that God is God.