ChoicesThey were but three young fellows and they were a long way from home. King Nebuchadnezzar had conquered God=s people Israel and taken many captives. He put them into the Babylonian schools to teach them the ways of Babylon. But those three would not forget the ways of God. Does going to school or work with people who do not know God make you forget the ways and Word of God?
The king changed their names from names that reminded them of the only true and living God Whom they loved, to names that made them think of the Babylonian false gods. But calling them names would not make them forget their God. Are you afraid to be called a name for the sake of the Lord Jesus Christ?
Finally the king ordered Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego and all the people of the kingdom to bow down to his golden image at the sound of his orchestra. The music played and all bowed down except these three young men of God. In fury the king had them thrown into the burning hot, fiery furnace.
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego walked in the furnace without hurt or injury because their God Whom they served continually chose to rescue them from harm. Later another king threw their friend Daniel into a den of lions. But God shut the lions= mouths. These brave young men feared no one but God. They had made a choice in their hearts while they were still young. They decided that no matter where they were, no matter who they were with, and no matter what happened to them they would serve God. Have you made such a choice?
Peter and the apostles in Acts 5:29 had the same heart attitude for when the choice came whom they would obey, they said, AWe must obey God, rather than men.@ Joshua said, AChoose you this day whom you will serve . . . @ We can serve ourselves, or we can serve men, or we can serve Satan. Joshua also said, AAs for me and my house, we will serve the LORD@ (Joshua 24:15). What choice do you make?
Why not take some time and read the book of Daniel in the Old Testament.
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