March 21 – Worship
Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to him, “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.”
“When praise demands a sacrifice,
I’ll worship even then.
Surrendering the dearest things in life.
And if devotion costs me all,
He’ll find me faithful to His call.
When praise demands a sacrifice”
As you are reading this devotional, I encourage you to listen to, “When Praise Demands a Sacrifice” by one of my favorite singers, Larnelle Harris. “And if devotion costs me all, He’ll find me faithful to His call.” The words of the chorus should challenge us deeply considering our Scripture today. Will you worship even when it may be difficult, even if it might include surrendering something that is very dear to you, including your life?
The three Hebrew boys did not doubt the king’s intention to throw them into the blazing furnace. They didn’t doubt his ability or his willingness to act if necessary. I am sure they had seen firsthand how cruel he could be to anyone who crossed him. What gave them the confidence to speak so boldly? Three little words: God is able. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego had been taught the stories of God’s faithfulness and deliverance since they were children. Because they knew their God, they knew what he could do. Therefore, in their own time of crisis, they knew beyond any shadow of doubt that God is able!
They knew it was better to die a thousand times with God’s approval than to live one day without it. Better a fiery furnace than to live with the fire of a guilty conscience burning in your soul. They could die, but they dare not sin! Their convictions were not for sale. Not at any price, not even their own lives.
The cost of obedience is nothing compared to the cost of disobedience. There are so many distractions and interruptions the enemy uses in our lives in an attempt to cause us to lose focus. Nothing in our lives should stand in the way of our offering of worship to our one true God. Let God find you “faithful to His call, even if devotion costs you all.”
Today’s Prayer Focus: Pray for a greater commitment to worship God alone.