Posted by: livingscripture | April 1, 2009

Fifth Wednesday of Lent

From the Word of the Day


Nebuchadnezzar exclaimed, ‘Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who sent his angel to deliver the servants who trusted in him.   

  (Daniel 3, 95)


How should we live this Word


The powerful Persian king had lost his bet but admiration and awe prevailed in him.  He had a golden statue erected to immortalize himself and he had ordered that Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego prostrate themselves before it and adore it.  If they refused, they were to be thrown into a white hot furnace and be burned alive.  The response of these three Jewish youths was implacable. They would not compromise, even at the cost of their lives.  No statue or other idol would ever receive from them the adoration reserved for the true God alone.firey-furnace-1


When the king made good on his threat, the result brought forth his prayer of praise for the Lord.  In fact, God had taken care of the three young men, defenseless and yet safe and sound and blessing God amid the flames.  The emphasis of the passage is on the phrase, ‘God sent his angel to deliver the servants who trusted in him’. 


Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will let myself be calmed by the certainty that if I really believe in a God who saves me, especially through Jesus’ death and resurrection, I choose two basic attitudes for my Christian existence.  First, God is God and my adoration belongs to Him alone.  Therefore, I will guard myself from every idolatry of worldly things, so easy to fall into in this epoch of history, and that would only be foolishness and lies even toward myself.  Second, I know that the God I adore and serve is provident and immensely good and so I entrust myself to Him.


My God and my salvation in Jesus, I trust in You.


The voice of Di Jill Cooper, aerobics teacher and personal trainer


Have faith and your faith will be an ever greater recompense, before you even realize it.

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