“Everyone has heard about your obedience, so I am full of joy over you…”
When a well-known NFL coach was asked why he always had a pastor on the sideline during a game, he explained, “I’m not even sure if I believe in God, but in case there is one, I want Him on my side.” In a similar way, King Nebuchadnezzar seemed to utilize Daniel, the prophet, as a spiritual rabbit’s foot or lucky penny. But Daniel had a tremendous testimony to his friends, his family, and his king. He demonstrated time and time again how people who have great faith manifest great character. Nebuchadnezzar learned to admire and respect Daniel’s character because of his faithfulness and his obedience to “his God.”
While Nebuchadnezzar believed in many gods, he didn’t believe that the God of the Hebrews was the only true God. When Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were thrown into the fiery furnace, Nebuchadnezzar observed the God of Abraham and Issac display His love and compassion for His faithful servants. The reluctant king saw that the God of the Hebrews was indeed the one true God. “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. 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.’ Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the province of Babylon.” Daniel 3:28-30.
Eventually, Nebuchadnezzar blessed the God of Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego, and Daniel and decreed that anyone speaking an offense against their God would be destroyed. God was and continues to be honored when we are faithful.
God will often change the hearts of folks in authority to glorify Himself and bless His beloved and faithful servants. Let’s look for opportunities to honor God with our faithfulness and obedience. You just never know who might be watching!
Now go out and have an EPIC day today!!