Image of gold
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Image of gold
King Nebuchadnezzar had built a ninety-feet-tall “image of gold.” He declared that everyone must fall down and worship the image of gold. Whoever does not fall down and worship will immediately be thrown into a blazing furnace. Daniel 3:5-6
If the King of the land ordered you to worship an “image of gold” or else you would be thrown into a blazing furnace, what would you do? Would you tell God, “I will worship the image of gold for a short time but I am really not worshiping the image of gold”? Would you say to God, “I am doing this just to save my life. You are the only true God, this is temporary. I am going to do this just to appease the king.” Look at the response of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego.
Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to the king, “O 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 save us from it, and he will rescue us from your hand, O king. But even if he does not, we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.” Daniel 3:16-18
And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. Hebrews 11:6
Do you believe the God you serve will save you or do you believe in the God who will save you? Many people believe in God. Most people do not believe God. If you believe God you will not fear to trust HIM with all your heart. God rewards those who earnestly seek HIM with all their heart. You will step out of the boat and walk on water. You will do as Abraham did in laying his son Isaac on the altar. If you believe God you will do as Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego to worship Holy God and not an image of gold.
Are you bowing down to the image of gold? Are you bowing down to something other than Holy God? God is worthy of your worship. You can worship the creator, redeemer and sustainer of life. He has redeemed you from sin and death. He is worthy of your praise. Praise and thank HIM for all HE has done for you. Thank HIM for your problems and circumstances. Thank HIM for difficult people. Thank HIM for forgiving you of your sin. Thank HIM for dying on the cross as payment for your sin. Thank HIM for sparing you from the furnace. You will not bow down to the image of gold.
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