Hello all, it’s been a minute since I posted here. I apologize and I promise to do better.
A year or so ago, I taught my children about Shedrach, Meshach and Abednego. The emphasis then for me was learning to stand for God even if the whole world is not.
Have you ever wondered how difficult it must have been for Shedrach, Meshach and Abednego? They watched people they knew bow to the golden image. People they were probably friends with or may have been colleagues with.
Many of us cannot do things our friends do not approve of. Many of us cannot stand up for our faith in moments of adversity. Many of us, cannot quote certain aspects of scripture on social media for fear of backlash.
Shedrach, Meshach and Abednego did not care about the backlash. If the government says, those who worship God publicly will be locked up, many Christians will desist from public worship. Here is the my favourite part of the story:
“Now if you are ready at the time you hear the sound of the horn, flute, harp, lyre, and psaltery, in symphony with all kinds of music, and you fall down and worship the image which I have made, good! But if you do not worship, you shall be cast immediately into the midst of a burning fiery furnace. And who is the god who will deliver you from my hands?” Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego answered and said to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king. But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up.””
They acknowledge how powerful God is, that God could save them. However, they clearly express that even if God did not save them from the doom about to befall them, they still will not bow to the golden image.
Dear Christian, these are the kind of children we need to raise. It may not be easy but it is possible. God is counting us to raise the Shedrach, Meshach and Abednego of the next generation. Giving our children Christian names is simply not enough.
Ask your children what aspect of this story they like the most. Also ask what they would have done if they were in the shoes of Shedrach Meshach and Abednego.
Finally, Ask them if they have friends who love God as much as they do.
Enjoy what is left of this weekend!
May God’s peace reign in your life.