Take a moment to open this time in prayer. Ask God to bless you as you read and reflect on the text.
Read Daniel Chapter 3
This chapter in the book of Daniel is about three young men who refused to bow down and worship an idol of the King of Babylon. In the Bible, Babylon is a real place however Babylon is also used metaphorically as a symbol for the preeminent power of the day. The United States is currently the preeminent power in the world today. Without realizing it or intending it our culture has also set up idols that we may or may not bow down to in our life. Wealth is an idol. Power is an idol. Success, whatever that means, is an idol. You could probably add to the list. As followers of Jesus we are also called to refuse to bow down to the idols of our day no matter what that might cost us.
Please use the following questions for more reflection.
In your opinion what are the current idols in our culture? What idols do you possibly bow down to in your life?
In the chapter the consequence for not bowing down to the idol was to be thrown into a furnace of fire. What are the possible consequences to us if we refuse to bow down to the current cultural idols?
At the end of the chapter, the King ends of respecting and proclaiming the name of God. What, in your opinion, happens in people’s minds when we refuse to bow down to the idols of today.
Closing - Use the prayer below to end the devotion or close in prayer in your own words.
Gracious Heavenly Father, I thank you for the example and the bravery of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. I also realize that there are idols in the culture today that tempt me. Help me to recognize the idols in my life and help me to refuse to bow down to those idols no matter the cost. Amen.