Week Two – Day 2
TODAY’S FAST – Daniel Fast (Fruits, vegetable, nuts and water only)
In this chapter, King Nebuchadnezzar makes a statue and decrees that all must bow down to worship this idol at the sound of the horn. Whoever did not bow down and worship the idol was to be thrown into the fiery furnace. The Jews had been told by God not to worship idols (Exodus 20:3-6). So what were the Jews who had been captured by the Babylonians to do? The story doesn’t say what all the Jews did, but it does show the boldness of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego to honor God by not bowing down and worshiping the idol.
When we decide to worship God with our lives (Romans 12:1-2), we are acting as Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego did. When we choose not to worship things in this world, we may go through a really tough circumstance or hardship. Yet when we are thrown into fiery furnaces the Lord shows up (Daniel 3:24-25). God promises to never leave us. In fact, He gives us the strength to endure those tough times in our lives. When we as believers choose to be bold and live in obedience to God, God is glorified!
Is God calling you to be bold? Are there idols in your life? If this passage has revealed any sins in your life, confess them to the Lord. Accept His forgiveness through Jesus Christ. Ask Him to fill you with the Holy Spirit to empower you to get through the fiery furnaces in your life. Remember that when we are bold for God, He will glorify Himself through you.
Pray a prayer of commitment to follow Jesus and ask for His help in fishing for the souls of people.
“As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” At once they left their nets and followed him. Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, preparing their nets. Jesus called them, and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.” -Matthew 4:18-22 NIV