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Monday, June 09, 2008
As you are reading in the book of Daniel you’ll find in chapter 2 that
Nebuchadnezzar had a dream. He called in the astrologers and wise men in
his court to not only interpret the dream but to tell him what the dream was,
because he really wanted to make sure they were authentic.
This is what the astrologers said when he pressed them
on the issue: “There is not a man on earth who can do what the king asks.
No king, no matter how great and mighty, has ever asked such a thing of any
magician or enchanter or astrologer. What the king asks is too difficult.
No one can reveal it to the king except the gods, and they do not live among
men.” What a confession!
As you read the book of Daniel, it is obvious that God
dwells among men. Now it is true that the gods that they were referring to
don’t live among men. They are not available when you really need them.
They can’t help when you cry out to them.
Contrast that with the experiences of Shadrach,
Meschech and Abednego , who were willing to take their stand as faithful
followers of God in the face of Nebuchadnezzar’s threat to throw them into
the furnace, because they knew that God was with them, and they weren’t
disappointed. When Nebuchadnezzar had them thrown into the fire he didn’t
just see 3 men, he saw 4. God was with them.
When Daniel was thrown into the lion’s den he wasn’t
alone. God was with him.
We can have the same confidence if we trust in the
Savior. He’ll never leave or forsake us. We have a God who is alive,
available and present every moment of every day.