Who is the God Who Will…?

Nebuchadnezzar was the very powerful and influential king of Babylon who besieged Jerusalem and took the Hebrew people captive. Among the captives were Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego. These young men refused to take on Babylonian ways or bow to the king’s gold image. Everyone else was doing it, so their refusal to worship the king’s god incensed the king, leading him to order them to bow or else suffer the consequences of being thrown into a burning fiery furnace. The king’s arrogant demand ended with the mocking statement, “And who is the god who will deliver you from my hands?” (Daniel 3:15, NKJ)

Over and over again as believers, we hear this same type of challenge when we stand for right in a society in which everyone else is doing what ought not to be done. If we refuse to cheat on a test or on our taxes, the world mocks us saying, “Who is the god who will blame you for doing what you have to do to get over?” If we take a Biblical stand concerning alternate lifestyles (the sin, not the people), the world challenges, “Who is the god who will punish people for wanting to live and love however they choose?” If we decline invitations to place Jesus on equal footing with the religious leaders of other faiths, society chides us with, “Who is the god who will put himself above what others believe?”

Our answer to the “who-is-the-god-who-will” questions must begin as the Hebrew boys’ answer began, “…our God whom we serve is able to…”. The God we serve is able to help us pass tests and earn enough to pay our taxes. The God we serve is able to show us how to live and supply us with the love He wants for us. The God we serve is King of kings, Lord of lords, Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father Prince of Peace, the great I AM. No matter what situation we find ourselves in, our great God is able to deliver us in such a way that brings Him ultimate glory and sets us truly free.

Especially as this holiday season begins, stay encouraged with the knowledge that Christmas is all about “the God who will.” He’s the God whose birth we celebrate, and the God who will still enter hearts, delivering us from the clutches of sin and the enemy of our souls.

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©2011 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at www.sanewriter.wordpress.com. Also, periodically check in at www.LifeThatMatters.net to see what’s going on in the ministry.

And pick up a copy of Sharon’s new book, Power Suit: The Armor of God Fit for the Feminine Frame, available at Christian bookstores, online, from New Hope Publishers, and from the Life That Matters Ministries’ website.

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~ by sanewriter on December 2, 2011.

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