">

Slightly Obsessed #063 "Unbowed" (Wednesday Devo)
by Pamela Thorson on 2014-03-05 07:43:55

SPONSORED




Then He said to them, “Then render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s; and to God the things that are God’s.” –Matthew 22:21


The new statue of Nebuchadnezzar stood in all its golden ninety-foot glory, erected to honor the Babylonian king. Nebuchadnezzar planned a very special celebration for its dedication. A proclamation had been issued and sent throughout his kingdom: When the music played, every person in the kingdom was to fall down and worship the image. Nearby, a large furnace was a warning to anyone who dared to defy the king’s orders. Anyone who didn’t bow would be burned to death in it.

The day came. The music played. Everybody bowed.

Everyone, that is, except three young Hebrew men named Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. These men were among those taken from their homes as captives of Babylon and trained in service to the pagan king with the new names of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego.

In captivity these three men had served peacefully in the king’s court, administrating the kingdom for the very person who made them slaves. It’s hard to fathom the depth of trust they had in their God to serve under such difficult circumstances.

But now they were presented with a dilemma. They must feign worship to the image at the king’s command or face instant execution in a blazing furnace of fire. It would be easy to avoid the flames. But they knew they could not bow to a foreign sovereign, even in pretense.

So they stood alone as the people fell before the idol. At their refusal the king had the furnace heated seven times hotter than usual. The three Jewish men were tied up and thrown into the furnace. The men who carried them to the furnace were themselves killed by the intense heat.

The next moment, Nebuchadnezzar stood astounded. In the middle of the flames walked four men, unharmed and unbound. As for the three captives, the fire did not even singe their clothes. They walked out just as they entered, with one notable exception: they were free. The fire had done no damage except to burn off their bonds.

Who was the fourth man? Nebuchadnezzar exclaimed that the fourth had the appearance of a son of the gods. Did he ever know how close he came to meeting the King of kings?

If you are facing a trial by fire, and you feel the immense temptation to appease those around you, remember Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego. Stand for Christ. The flames heating up around you might simply be there to burn the ropes keeping you in bondage.

If you do not bow the knee to your enemy, you will emerge unsinged at the end of the day. And you will have walked with the Son.





About Pamela Thorson:



Pamela Thorson is a licensed practical nurse, author, and full-time caregiver. She pioneered in the homeschooling movement from 1982-2006 and authored her first book, Song in the Night, in 2008. She resides in the Northwest with her family.

Connect with Pamela Thorson
Website: http://www.pamthorson.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/officialpamthorson
Twitter: http://twitter.com/pamelathorson


See All The Slightly Obsessed Articles Here







Recent Articles
Slightly Obsessed #199: Let No One Take Your Song

If nothing else good should happen to us except salvation, it is enough to fill our every moment with His praise.
Slightly Obsessed 198: When There is No Way Forward

I can’t tell you what the room looked like, or who was in it besides myself, my husband, our eldest son, some strangers, and the doctor in charge of the unit in which our middle son lay on life support. Kevin had been injured during a trip to Canada, and we...
Slightly Obsessed #197: The Thief at Your Door

Trouble comes in waves, hitting you when you least expect it. In the shadows of the mayhem that descends upon you on any given day, a thief lurks at your door.
Slightly Obsessed #196: Is Your God Too Small?

Across the United States, nature has been on a rampage. A series of earthquakes, fires, hurricanes,
Slightly Obsessed #195: What Is the Apocalypse?

The Long Range Weather Forecast published by The Old Farmer’s Almanac 2017 accurately predicted a bitter winter last year, which dumped so much snow on the country that it inspired the Snowpocalypse festival in Milwaukee, Snowpocalypse survivor badges in Boise, and its own Twitter hashtag #snowmageddon. In keeping with our national compulsion to turn every personal victory or trial into a meme, we can now add -mageddon or -pocalypse to a catastrophe for an over-the-top event to post on our favorite social media outlet.
Slightly Obsessed #194 Heaven Is Calling: More than an Angel

The question is rhetorical, with God assuming the reader will understand that the answer is, “There is no angel whom the Lord has called His Son.” This passage is one meant to address the dilemma posed to the first century Christians, but it is one whom every person must answer in his own heart:




More Content from CMADDICT
REVIEW
Suddenly (or The Nuclear Sunburst of the Truth Revealed)
Young Oceans

Release Date: October 20, 2017
Reviewer: Andrew Funderburk
Rating: 4 stars
MUSIC VIDEO
Jesus Culture - Love Has A Name (Studio Version) ft. Kim Walker-Smith

2017-10-12 12:06:39
NEWS
TIM LOVELACE APPEARS ON WSM-AM AND CCM VIDEO IN SUPPORT OF NEW DVD/CD

Nashville, Tenn. (Oct. 10, 2017) Comedian/musician, Tim Lovelace, made a quick trip to Nashville recently with an appearance on WSM’s “Coffee, Country & Cody” and a videotaping for CCM Magazine.
FREE DOWNLOAD
Led by the Light
Parrish

Album: Led by the Light
Genre: Folk/Worship


Social Media





Copyright © 2017 · All Rights Reserved · CMADDICT.com