Date: Monday, August 18
Scripture: Daniel 3:8-18
Verse: Now there are some Jews, ones you appointed to administer the province of Babylon—specifically, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego—who have ignored your command. They don’t serve your gods, and they don’t worship the gold statue you’ve set up.” (Daniel 3:12)
It is fairly easy for us 21st century Americans to think we don’t have an issue with idolatry. We think it is something from ancient cultures, from foreign lands. But any time we put something ahead of God we are practicing a form of idolatry. The Skit Guys have a surprising video highlighting this for us. Take a look at it below or on YouTube HERE.
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego are caught up in a plot against them. They have made some people nervous by getting too powerful, being too respected by the king. So some of the king’s minions plot to get them in trouble. They convince the king to set up a statue that represents him and his kingdom. When the horn sounded, everyone was supposed to bow down and worship the statue, something obedient Jewish people could not do, by virtue of the second commandment which includes these words, “Do not bow down to [idols] or worship them” (Exodus 20:5). Their choice is fairly simple: who will they worship, God or the government.
We might not make “gods,” so to speak, but we can get caught in the trap of putting things in the place where God ought to be. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego refuse to bow to the idol by keeping their focus on God. We can do the same by continuing to keep God before us every day — in prayer, Bible study, and by doing these devotions.
Prayer: God, keep me focused on you every moment of the day. Amen.
Action: Pay attention to your idols in the days ahead.
Respond: What are some of the idols you see in our society?
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