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Courage Regardless

July 14, 2010

So our kids have been attending a Vacation Bible School the past few days and they told me the story of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego found in Daniel 3. I had a few minutes today to go back and read this story and here’s what cuts to my core more than anything else in the chapter — even more than the fiery furnace, the angel, the miracle. Read on.

Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. 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 3:16-18

“…the God we serve is able to save us from it…” Maybe I’m off-base but this little phrase out of the entire incredible story breaks me. It is abandoned and courageous worship. Despite fear and maybe some doubt, these men make a choice to stake their claim in the wake of full realization and admission that death may come. It is courage regardless of outcome nailed fast to absolute certainty of outcome.

These three guys might burn in the furnace seconds from uttering those words but there is no doubt in God’s power to rescue and save even in and after death. I want to speak and act and love and LIVE like this. As a follower of Christ, even when faced with my physical death, I can be certain that “…He will rescue…” me.

To put it another way, God rescues as only He can. He rescues His children so completely and in a way that I cannot even begin to wrap my mind around; much less explain. And these three guys, during a time when the coming of the Son of God to earth is but an unfulfilled prophecy, understand “the Resurrection and the Life”. They choose to care nothing about earthly outcome and fix their eyes on the One.

Courage Regardless

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