Acting Without Hesitation
Daily Bible Reading – Daniel 3, 4; Psalm 81; Revelation 17
Today’s Key Passage – Daniel 3
Yesterday, people throughout this country remembered the victims as well as the heroes who emerged from the tragic events of September 11, 2001. As we look back at that fateful day, we think about the first responders – the men and women who risked life and limb to save others. While these first responders all had different backgrounds and personalities, they all shared one very important trait – they all acted without hesitation.
In today’s key passage, we find the story of another group of men who acted without hesitation. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego faced a dilemma. They were called in front of King Nebuchadnezzar because they refused to comply with his decree that everyone in Babylonia worship a golden idol. (Vss. 13-14) Nebuchadnezzar gave the three men a choice – they could bow down to this manmade idol as directed by the king, or they could choose to maintain their loyalty to the Most High God and face execution by being thrown into a blazing furnace. (Vs. 15) Without hesitation, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego chose obedience to God. They knew God could save them from the fiery furnace (which He did), but even if He chose not to save them they were determined not to worship anything other than the Lord. (Vss. 17-18)
We may wonder how they were able to answer without hesitation when their very lives were on the line, but the answer is quite simple. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego made up their minds beforehand that they would be obedient to God no matter what happened. With this conviction already firmly implanted in their minds, they had nothing to think about when the life or death situation with Nebuchadnezzar arose. Each of us face a different kind of life or death situation every day – the temptation to sin and to turn away from God. In those times, our natural minds can try to rationalize our sin or convince us that our actions might not be that bad. Like the men from our story today, when we make up our minds beforehand that we will obey God’s Word no matter what; we will not have anything left to think about. When we decide on our obedience before temptation strikes, we will be able to act without hesitation. Let us all make up our minds today to live in complete obedience to God, by pre-determining to do what He has called us to do.
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