These men pay no attention to you

Therefore at that time certain Chaldeans came forward and maliciously accused the Jews. They declared to King Nebuchadnezzar, “O king, live forever! You, O king, have made a decree, that every man who hears the sound of the horn, pipe, lyre, trigon, harp, bagpipe, and every kind of music, shall fall down and worship the golden image. And whoever does not fall down and worship shall be cast into a burning fiery furnace. There are certain Jews whom you have appointed over the affairs of the province of Babylon: Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. These men, O king, pay no attention to you; they do not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.” Daniel 3:8-12

It seems it is human nature that whenever someone does well others become jealous and wish harm to the person. When Daniel was able to interpret Nebuchadnezzar’s dream and was rewarded by the king he may have impressed the king but he also made enemies of the wise men of Babylon. Then when Daniel shared his new powers with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, his friends, they also gained the wise men as enemies.

I am sure that as soon as Daniel and his friends were promoted by the king the wise men began to plot their downfall. One of the things that made the Jews different from all the surrounding people was their monotheism. They worshiped one and only one God, the God of Abraham. Even surrounded by polytheists the devout Jew remained loyal to God. So when the wise men saw that Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were not complying with the king’s order to worship the idol they went to the king and let him know what was going on.

Every blessing from God runs the risk of having some else get jealous of the person who was blessed. This can happen with unbelievers but is especially bad when fellow Christians become jealous of other Christians. We can think why is that person doing so well when they are no better than I am. Or maybe we think we really deserve that nice house or that new car. So rather than concentrate on what work God has for us and how God has blessed us we get bitter. Soon if we allow jealousy to grow we will forget that we have been blessed at all.

This can be especially true in the US as we are constantly bombarded by ads telling us that our self-worth is tied to the things we own rather than to Christ. When we fall for the world’s view of who we are our effectiveness for Christ diminishes. Jealousness, bitterness and ineffectiveness that is not the road Christians should follow. God has laid out a road for us to follow. We may not get all the things we desire but the prize that awaits us in the end will be so much more than we can imagine.

Have a blessed day,

David

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About dwwork

The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 - “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today. In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him. Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority always overrules anything I might write. David
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