October 28. 2015
How can a man become so enamored of himself that he believes he is more powerful than any god, or than the one true God Himself? Is the seed of such pride in all of our hearts?
…in a furious rage Nebuchadnezzar gave orders to bring in Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. So these men were brought before the king.Nebuchadnezzar asked them, “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, is it true that you don’t serve my gods or worship the gold statue I have set up? Now if you’re ready, when you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, drum, and every kind of music, fall down and worship the statue I made. But if you don’t worship it, you will immediately be thrown into a furnace of blazing fire—and who is the god who can rescue you from my power?”
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego replied to the king, “Nebuchadnezzar, we don’t need to give you an answer to this question. If the God we serve exists, then He can rescue us from the furnace of blazing fire, and He can rescue us from the power of you, the king. But even if He does not rescue us, we want you as king to know that we will not serve your gods or worship the gold statue you set up.
Actually, Nebuchadnezzar was (and you are) more powerful than any small letter “god”. Idols are worthless. They gain power over us when we cede it to them in our minds and attitudes. Yet, for Nebuchadnezzar, he was saying he was more powerful than “gods” he actually believed were gods. Worse, he was saying he was more powerful than God who had spoken wisdom through Daniel.
He knew Daniel and his three friends worshipped the true and the living God when he said “who is the god who can rescue from my power?” Survey the scene in any age, including ours, and it is not hard to see men who think of themselves in this way. They think they have all the answers and are eager – even hell-bent – to force those answers on their “subjects”. (After all, who is the god who knows more than they? Doesn’t the Humanist Manifesto say “no deity will save us; we must save ourselves”? (Answer: yes, it does.)
Could we not surmise that the most horrendous bondages, mass murders, and economic destructions have their roots in such prideful ways of thinking? When the politicians say they have solutions for you, be aware. Generally there lurks in the proposed solution a command to bow.
Yet, that seed is in the heart of every member of the race of man. This calls for intentional humility before the one true God.
Otherwise disaster brews.