January 7, 2022
By Magbys Hernandez and Aner Morejon
Scripture meditation: Daniel 3:4-27
“But even if he does not…”
There are several passages in the Bible where we can see an individual’s faith in the sovereignty of God. But in these words spoken by a group of friends, it is expressed in an exceptional way.
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were captives who had to adapt to a new culture to survive. But a time came when it was necessary to decide against culture. Their faith was attacked, and they had to decide to stay true to their faith or to worship images of other gods. Knowing the harsh punishment that awaited them, they stood firm and publicly confessed that they trusted in a powerful and sovereign God.
In 1990, we immigrated to the U.S. from Cuba, a country where to get ahead or even have food you were instructed to deny God. We can testify that God was faithful and provided our every need. Today we find ourselves in a country where, although we are free, there are a lot of things that cause us to subtly put other gods before our God.
The church is living in historic times where we see how the current cultural trends want the church to bow down to them. Though maybe not exactly like the Bible story, we are swayed to deny our God by agreeing with the things that culture is trying to say are good and acceptable.
That is why we need to imitate the faith of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, whose bravery and faith did not waver no matter the outcome. Are you willing to publicly confess and stand up for what you believe no matter the cost?
Father, no matter what comes my way, I will choose to praise you. Help me to remember that anything that takes your place in my life can easily become my god. May I always put you first regardless of the situation I am in.