August 3, 2021

Trust in God

Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who has sent his angel and delivered his servants who trusted in him.
Daniel 3:28
There are real dangers in the world. But the faithful face their own special dangers. In the days of the Prophet Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were told to worship an idol. When they refused, they were thrown into a fiery furnace, from which an angel of God rescued them. In the first-generation Church, the Apostle Peter was jailed for refusing to deny Christ. The possibility of the capital punishment was real, because another apostle had just been put to death. Yet an angel of God loosed his chains and led him from prison.

God's people continue to face pressure to deny our Lord. The punishment for refusing to give in is seldom as dire for us as it has been for believers in other times and places. And yet our hearts sometimes fail us. The golden calf of materialism, the idolatry of politics—these are only a couple of the things that tempt us away from trusting in the love of God. And too often, we give in. We forget the angels that delivered our ancestors-in-the-faith from prison and lion's den and fiery furnace. We should not hesitate to differentiate ourselves from the world around us. The threats are real... but so is the power of God. Let's place our lives in God's hands.

Then Peter came to himself and said, “Now I am sure that the Lord has sent his angel and rescued me from the hands of Herod.”
 Acts 12:11
Prayer after thinking about today's devotion:
I will trust in you to protect me this day, O God. By your strength may I stand up to the powers of hatred, injustice, and division, that the love of Christ may be expressed in the way I live my life.
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After your own thanksgivings & petitions, close with the Lord's Prayer.
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