Guest Post – I Am Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego

Today’s guest post, I Am Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, written by Dave Peever first appeared on Live 4 Him.

That’s a lot of people inside my head but don’t worry because the title is a little misleading. A more accurate title for this post would be, I Wish I Was Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. For those not familiar with my “I Am _____” series, this is usually the part where I add the disclaimer about me knowing that my name is really Dave followed by something that eludes to the fact that while I may be Dave I am still  Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego or whomever the title suggests I might be. This time is different. This time I can only wish I was Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.

I am Peter more than I am Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.

If you know the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, you know that they were faced with certain death if they did not bow to the gods of the land. Their willingness to go against the king even if it meant death is already a character trait that makes me says, “I wish I was Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.” I would like to think I would be willing to give up my life in this way but when faced with death I am more likely to be the Peter at Jesus’ trial than Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.

There is a certainty in what they said that I wish was part of my faith.

It isn’t just that they were willing to die, that makes me want to be Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. It isn’t just that they went against the king’s order even though they were threatened with death. I wish I was like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego because of what they said.  “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. Daniel 3:16-17 (NIV)

This is what the comic books call a crossover.

Their strong faith that God not only could but that God would do the miraculous is what is often missing from my prayers and public declarations. The promise that the Holy S***** (a bad word in many people’s churches) would clothe us with power, the promise that signs and wonders would follow those who believe and the promise that we can ask in Jesus’ name and receive is all but gone from my faith walk. As I have said before, it could be based on my fear of being let down or the watered down teachings about a God who has a plan and anything I pray is irrelevant. It really doesn’t matter why I believe that God will not act, that the Holy Sp**** will not perform miraculous works that point toward the creator of the universe, all that matters is that I am unable to speak with the same boldness that Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego did.

I know there is more.

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego continued, “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.” Daniel 3:18 (NIV) It is so easy to use this last part to support my often watered down doctrines. I can cling to the idea that God most likely won’t step in when I pray. I can say this story was a rare display of God’s power and that even they knew that it most likely wouldn’t happen even though it did. This becomes an excuse to weaken my prayers and my faith that God will act.

They were convinced that God would save them.

I was not there and I am not Shadrach, Meshach, or Abednego but I do believe that the final statement they made, “But even if he does not…” was not them hedging their bets. I do not believe that they were laying out their beliefs with an exit strategy just in case God did not act. I will go out on a limb, take a chance that great biblical scholars will correct me. I will add my interpretation to this part of scripture fully aware that I may have it wrong.

Shadrach, Meshach, or Abednego added the line “But even if he does not…” to show that their faith was not based on the fact that God would save them but rather their faith was placed in God no matter what, not a god but The God.

Holy Spi*** is power for those who believe.

The Holy Spir** promised by God, God’s Spiri*, has the same power to do the miraculous that was exhibited when the three did not die in the fiery furnace. The prayers we pray have power and the answers God gives are perfection in the same way. We can count on the Holy Spirit being treated as a bad word and the belief that God still performs miracles through that same Spirit being ignored because it is easier to not take the chance that Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego did and say God will act.

I believe, the God we serve is able to deliver, and He will deliver us. Even if He doesn’t, I still believe because He is God.

Who is Dave Peever? I am a follower of Jesus the Christ. My specific call is to creatively present various aspects of life as a Christ follower and as a member of a collective of Christ followers I use my background as an actor, director and playwright/writer as well as my music, preaching and leadership skills to assist churches in transition (between pastors) with their desire to be more effective. I have been married for 31 years. We have 3 sons and 4 grandchildren all who currently reside in central Ontario Canada. I have been in ministry for 22 years.

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I wish you well.

Sandy

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During the Detours of Life

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

Recently, I read an article by Tony Evans. In this article, Mr. Evans used Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego as an example of how God is with us during the detours of life.

How many times have we set out to accomplish something we feel God has called us to, only to hit an impasse and be sent another direction? Can I get an Amen?

In Mr. Evan’s article the point was brought out that God’s powerful presence was with the three men in a situation-the fiery furnace-that should have killed them, but didn’t. The same goes for those who claim Christ as their Savior. God’s powerful persevering and preserving power can help us through those fiery furnace detours of life we face.

I’d like to share Mr. Evan’s words from the article with you.

It is only when we align our understanding of obedience with God’s overarching sovereign hand of purpose (and even pruning) that we will be able to approach and go through our detours with faith, trust and dignity rather than doubt.

God didn’t keep Daniel from the lion’s den; He met him in it. He didn’t keep Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego from the fiery furnace; He joined them in it. He didn’t keep Joseph from being a slave to Potiphar; He gave him favor in it. And He met him in the prison as well. The proof in knowing you are where God wants you to be in your detour is that God doesn’t deliver you from it but rather joins you in it.

The next time we face one of those detours of life, whether God delivers us from it, or not, we can be confident no matter what, he is walking right alongside us in our detour.

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Suddenly the king jumped up and shouted, “Weren’t only three men tied up and thrown into the fire?”

“Yes, Your Majesty,” the people answered.

 “But I see four men walking around in the fire,” the king replied. “None of them is tied up or harmed, and the fourth one looks like a god.” Daniel 3:24-25 (CEV)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Still I Will Praise You

One of my devotions will be posted on Christian Devotions November 5, 2013. Please stop by and check out the site.

The other day, I was thinking about the word, Hallelujah. I’ve read it in the Bible. I’ve sung it in songs. I’ve heard people shout it for various reasons. I’ve listened to Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus”. Wanting to be certain I understood the meaning of the word, I looked it up. Basically, hallelujah is used to express praise, joy, or thanks to God. It’s an exclamation of praise to our Creator. Yep. That’s what I thought. Praise, joy, and thanks.

Does that mean we praise God when things aren’t going well? When we have losses? Set-backs? Devastation? I think so. God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. In good times, and bad. He deserves our praise. All the time.

When life hits me upside the head, I think of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, whose story is told in the Old Testament book of Daniel. These three Hebrews were thrown into a furnace that was so hot, the soldiers who threw them in were killed. Before they were tossed into the fire, they told Babylon’s King Nebuchadnezzar they weren’t afraid. They knew God was able to deliver them. Whether he did, or not was up to God. (Daniel 3:14-30)

Here’s what I cling to from this story…God can, but if he chooses not to, still I will praise him. Why? Because he is God, and I am not. He is sovereign. He is in control. Only he is worthy to be praised. Hallelujah.

Feel like you’ve been tossed into the fiery furnace? Look around. God’s still with you. No matter what.

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Then a voice came from the throne, saying:  “Praise our God, all you his servants, you who fear him, both great and small!” Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting:  “Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns.” Revelation 19:5-6

I wish you well.

Sandy

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