Daily Reflections



No other God

READ   Daniel 3

Jews and Christians have, at many times, been hauled before the powers that be and denounced as enemies of the state on account of their refusal to worship the state deities (12). From Jews under Antiochus IV to Christians under the Emperor Trajan to the Confessing Church under Nazi Germany to the Christians in the former Soviet Union, foreign gods have been thrust upon the community of faith and the demand issued to bend the knee at the shrine of the society (4-6,15).

In all these cases the response of faith has been unequivocal: “If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it...But even if He does not, we want you to know…that we will not serve your gods.”(17,18) Sometimes in sacred history the confessor’s commitment has been the occasion for the revelation of God’s power to save (28, 29); more often the martyrs have had to express their faith to the end (see also Revelation 2:13). In this we see that faith is not merely the expectation that God will deliver; rather, it is faithful commitment to God, whether or not He delivers (Hebrews 11:32-38).

Jesus maintains the exclusivity of God’s claims for His followers: “No one can serve two masters” (Matthew 6:24). While we in the West are rarely given the opportunity to express our faith (as commitment) in the face of death, we are every day faced with the competing claims of God and the various idols glorified by modern societies, whether it be Money or Pluralism or Nationalism. Encouraged by the example of those who have been faithful unto death, we can be faithful in refusing service to such gods, accepting the lower prices we will be required to pay.




PRAY   Lord, my decision was based on my desire to obey You. Of course I
        want it to be a big success, but You know what’s best, and whatever happens, You’re still Lord of lords and King of kings. I’m happy to leave the outcome in Your hands. Please take my worry from me. Thank You that You never stop caring.