Then Nebuchadnezzar said, “Praise be to the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who has sent his angel and rescued his servants! They trusted in him and defied the king’s command and were willing to give up their lives rather than serve or worship any god except their own God. Therefore I decree that the people of any nation or language who say anything against the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego be cut into pieces and their houses be turned into piles of rubble, for no other god can save in this way.” Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the province of Babylon. (Daniel 3:28-30)
The words of Nebuchadnezzar would be great if only they were genuine. His blessing of God would be something remarkable, if only it was the blessing of someone who truly believed. Nebuchadnezzar was like those whom Jesus spoke of in Matthew 15:8 “These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.” Why am I being so hard on Nebuchadnezzar?
Perhaps you will remember our study of chapter 2 when Daniel interpreted the king’s dream. Once Daniel had revealed the dream and its interpretation to the king, the Bible says, “The king said to Daniel, ‘Surely your God is the God of gods and the Lord of kings and a revealer of mysteries, for you were able to reveal this mystery.’” Good words, great words, true words, but not genuine words. You see, God was Daniel’s God, but not necessarily Nebuchadnezzar’s God. Again, consider what he said after the miracle of the fiery furnace- “Praise be to the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego…” Notice that Nebuchadnezzar said that God was ‘their’ God, but not ‘his’ God.
Is the God of Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego ‘your’ God? Do you know Him personally as your Lord and Savior? If you are unsure, I encourage you to click on this link – “How Can I Know Christ as My Savior?” If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org