God Is Number One
Daniel 3:28 NIV
28 Then Nebuchadnezzar said, “Praise be to the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who has sent his angel and rescued his servants! They trust 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.
Three men were thrown into a fiery furnace in Daniel 3 because they refused to worship anything other than their God. An idol was made in the land and the people were forced to worship it. A law was written that anyone who didn’t participate had to be thrown in the furnace immediately. The three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, chose to not go against God, but to trust Him wholly. They knew whatever happened, God would see them and carry them through.
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego trusted God more than the safety provided by King Nebuchadnezzar or the laws he created. They trusted him more than what they could see from this world. Even when the situation got as bad as it could and they were facing death, this is what they said in Daniel 3:16-18… “King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. 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 of gold you have set up.”
This angered the king and he ordered the furnace to be heated up the hottest it has ever been. He ordered the three men into the fire. Then something happened no one expected. A fourth man was spotted in the fire with them… “Look! I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed, and the fourth looks like a son of the gods.” (Daniel 3:25).
The king called them out of the fire and the crowd gathered to see that they were completely unharmed. Not a hair on their heads had been touched by the fire. They didn’t even smell like smoke! Because of their trust, God delivered them from the situation they were in.
God can do this for you too. He can deliver you out of whatever situation you feel is hopeless. He can bring you out completely unscathed. Just like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, you won’t even smell of smoke leftover from the situation you were in.
Let us not worship anything but our God today. He deserves all our praise and trust because He is the one who will deliver us out of any situation.
Deuteronomy 5:7 NIV
7 “You shall have no other gods before me”.