“They do not serve your gods or worship the gold image which you have set up.” – Daniel 3:12
At this time, king Nebuchadnezzar made an “image of gold” and set it up in Babylon. Along with the image, he also built a furnace. The king had become proud and wanted to keep everyone loyal to him. He would do this through religious activity and fear. You would have to both bow down and worship this image or you would die in the fiery furnace. All the leaders in the land from every position of authority was called in to testify to this new law of the land and to enforce it.
To the Chaldean’s, this was no issue. They worshiped many gods and goddesses. But for the Jew, this was an issue of life or death because they were instructed by God not to worship any other gods or idols.
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego had positions of authority in the land because God positioned them there along with Daniel. But, when it came time to bow down and worship this image, they would not. The authorities new it and brought the accusation to the king. And what was the exact accusation against them? That, “they do not serve your gods or worship the gold image which you have set up.” As Christ followers, we can only hope to have an accusation hurled at us like this! What an honor that would be!
Anything that takes the place of God in our lives is our god. It can be a lifestyle we want to live. It can be a goal we have. It can be our bank account or savings. It can be our house or cars. It can even be our children or grand-children and spouses. Whatever it is that occupies your mind the most is what you will serve. That is your god.
What in your life is on your mind and heart the most today? I pray you are looking to Jesus who was, and is, and is to come! When people accuse you of things, what do they say? May it be said of us “they do not serve your gods or worship the gold image which you have set up!”
“The devil tempts us to destroy our faith, but God tests us to develop our faith, because a faith that can’t be tested can’t be trusted. False faith withers in times of trial, but true faith takes deeper root, grows, and brings glory to God.” – Warren Wiersbe