29 November 2010

a wonderful aroma

You know how there are those passages you keep coming back to in your life? One of my many for the past three years has been Daniel 3.

Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego are a few of my heroes. God has used them to teach me a lot of things in the past, such as, letting others see Jesus beside you in the midst of the 'fires' in your life. God has also used them to show me to stand firm against foreign authorities in my life, and how to have enough faith and belief in God to save, even if He chooses not to. But last week, sitting at Starbucks with Laura, it was none of these points that stuck out to me. What I was struck by resides in verse 28.

"Then Nebuchadnezzar said, “Praise be to the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who has sent his angel and rescued his servants!"

Nebuchadnezzar then goes on to defend the Lord by legally putting to silence anyone who speaks against the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. This all happened because three men had the courage to believe. They had the faith to know they were Children of God and recognized God's power and sovereignty.

I want God's power to be displayed in my life. I want to walk in such a way others will glorify God and join the path He has set out for their lives.

"But THANKS be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him. For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being served and those who are perishing."
2 Cor. 2:14-15