All of us have had individuals like King Nebuchadnezzar in our lives – self-absorbed, and self-centered and typically trying to get us to do something we should not be doing. None of us probably had to worry about a fiery furnace as an end result, but we all have had to face doing what we know is right versus keeping our “Nebuchadnezzar” happy. In this passage, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego refused to bow down to a golden statue knowing that they should have no other gods before God (Exodus 20:3) and knowing they could be killed if they did not bow down. They relied on God’s promise to always be with them (Psalm 23:4) and God protected them even when they were thrown in the fire. So, when our thoughts or Nebuchadnezzars try to lead us astray, we must believe and rely on God to keep His promises when we follow and obey Him.
Questions for further thought:
1. Who is your “Nebuchadnezzar” and why?
2. If you had to give yourself a score from 1 to 10 with 10 being the best, how successfully have you been at doing what is right when it comes to your “Nebuchadnezzar?”
Challenge: If you have not been as successful as you would like to be, pray to God for strength and guidance to be more successful in the future. God will provide the means or the out in order to win against our “Nebuchadnezzar.”
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