Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The Beginning of Change

Daniel 3:24 - 25

24 Then King Nebuchadnezzar leaped to his feet in amazement and asked his advisers, “Weren’t there three men that we tied up and threw into the fire?”
   They replied, “Certainly, Your Majesty.”
 25 He said, “Look! I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed, and the fourth looks like a son of the gods.”

The book of Daniel is mainly about Daniel, but this chapter is about his friends.  This chapter is about how God is with you when the bad things happen and how he can change opinions about you and him in an instant.  This is one of them.  King Nebuchadnezzar had Shadrach, Meschach and Abednego thrown into a roaring furnace that killed the men that threw them in.  It should have instantly consumed these three godly men too.  But instead, the king watched and realized that a) the men did not die and b) there were more than three of them.  He stated that the fourth man looked like a son of the gods.  Well of course he did!  He was actually sent from God!  In the king's mind, there were many gods, not just our Holy God.  When the king realizes something supernatural has taken place, he is amazed.  God opened the king's mind to what really is, not what he expects.  

Do you look for what really is, or what you expect God to do?  I think we all just expect certain things and take God for granted.  We pray, expecting God to answer yes to whatever we want.  We expected him to heal our loved-ones, keep them safe, help us all to make the right choices, etc.  But as we all know, God has three answers for us...Yes; No; and Not right now.  We ask and plead and want it now, but we don't always get it.  This story is not actually about the three godly friends of Daniel, it is about the start of changing one man's heart, King Nebuchadnezzar.

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