Today's Readings; Look them Up!
Daniel 3:14-20, 91-92, 95
Today's Psalm Response: Daniel 3:52-56
Today's Gospel: John 8:31-42
Today's Old Testament reading from the Hebrw Scriptures, is from the Book of Daniel. This book contains stories about the trials and triumphs of the wise Daniel and his 3 companions who were young Jewish men in captivity in Babylon following the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple.
Because the young men refused to worship the king's idol, the king ordered that they be thrown into the red hot furnace. They responded to this death sentence by telling the king that they were certain their God was capable of saving them from death, but even if He didn't, they would still trust their God and serve only Him. They were willing to perish rather than turn their backs on God.
As the story unfolds, the king sees that God came to preserve their lives in the firey furnace, and the king praises the God of these 3 young men, recognizing that they trusted in the face of extreme danger.
This is a great lesson for all of us! When we exhibit trust in our God, others notice. When they see our trust, that trust becomes contagious, and they want what we have.
How are you exhibiting trust during these uncertain times? Who is witnessing that trust?
In Christ's Peace....