When Daniel and his friends, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were drafted into the service of Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, they must have wondered whether God was still able to be God even at such a great distance from Jerusalem and the temple.
At one point of conflict, Shad, Mesh and Abed have to decide whether to dump their old beliefs and give in to the pervasive pressure to just go along. The choice was, worship the false gods of Babylon or be thrown into a super-heated furnace. Their response says much about what was important to them.
“If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image you have set up.” Daniel 3:17-18
They lived and breathed a different way of life.
How can you and I live this way? How can we live according to the truth of God as revealed in the bible? The rhythms of following Jesus are central to the way of life he has for us.
If you don’t have a church home, please find one. You need the Jesus way of life. You are very welcome to come and be with us for our weekly Sunday rhythm of meeting together at 10 am.
On a walk in the park the other day, Barb and I came across this leaf hanging from a thin spider web strand. You likely have heard that spider web strands are stonger than steel. Amazing. Almost invisible. Yet very real and very strong. God will support you if you give him a chance. His way of life is stronger than anything you will ever face.