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May 8, 2018

THE GEORGIA CAPITOL DEVOTIONAL - 8 May 2018

God's sovereignty is the theme of the book of Daniel. He is the "Most High God" and ruler over the realm of humanity. Daniel’s dreams show God as triumphant in the establishment of his kingdom, including the vindication of his servants and messengers. The book of Daniel reveals God’s people being oppressed by ungodly domination, particularly by a leader claiming authority as God and requiring all to worship him; in the midst of such despotism, there is a believing remnant that will not worship this leader, and these believers must trust God for their deliverance.

Daniel 3:25 is noteworthy for it depicts Nebuchadnezzar in a state of astonishment, standing in haste, and exclaiming, “‘Look! I see four men loosed andwalking about in the midst of the fire without harm, and the appearance of the fourth is like a son of the gods!’” The one like the Son of God in the midst of the fire is a reminder how God draws near to his faithful in times of testing and tribulation.

Nebuchadnezzar knew nothing of the Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ, but he did know that the fourth person who he saw in the fire looked supernatural (i.e. the preincarnate Christ). Jesus Christ was personally present in the furnace of fire with the three young Jewish men. Is it not fitting that Christ should be personally present with them? Nebuchadnezzar asked (v. 15), “What god . . . can deliver you out of my hands?” The only God who could accomplish that deliverance appeared personally.

Daniel 3 teaches much regarding faithfulness to God. The Christian’s responsibility is to be dutily faithful, which may involve suffering for the Lord, yet the work of God belongs to Him alone. Duty is the believer’s responsibility, while events belong to the Lord. When faith protests against events and even questions God’s providence, one is given less support because it is the Christian’s duty to let the Almighty God exercise his own office according to his sovereignty. In response, the believer is to seek the Lord’s approval, and to cast all anxiety upon Him who alone is God Omnipotent, because He cares for each and every trusting soul (1 Pet 5:7).

The believer’s duty is to be faithful; it is the Lord’s part to decide in his good providence how He will accomplish the consequences of one’s faithfulness. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego never questioned whether they should be faithful. The only option to them was always faithfulness. They only needed to discern what would be faithfulness, and it was not disobeying the first and second commandment. How that would work in God’s providence was not their concern. All they had to do was be faithful. When you truly believe that God has tremendous concern for his people, then you can stop worrying with regard to the events of life, because your focus, the priority of your life, is upon the God who you trust and who loves and cares for his people. A persevering faith in God will manifest itself in a persevering faithfulness to God.

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Ron J. Bigalke, Ph.D.
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