November 20, 2020
“Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, that you do not serve my gods or worship the golden image that I have set up? Now if you are ready … to fall down and worship the image that I have made, well and good. But if you do not worship, you shall immediately be cast into a burning fiery furnace. And who is the god who will deliver you out of my hands?”
Compromise is a funny thing.
Every day we encounter choices that involve God’s perspective and our response. Will we choose the direction God would have us choose, or not? And here’s the funny part: Whenever we choose to compromise, we always think we’re better off by doing so. If we lie, we think hiding the truth will help our circumstances. If we go down Path A knowing God wants Path B, we think we understand the implications of each path better than He does! And if we have a chance to take a stand for God and we do not, we think concealing our faith will somehow improve the situation, at least for us.
But are we truly better off by compromising? Ever?
Back in Daniel 3, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego found out immediately that taking a stand and not worshipping the golden image was the right choice. Their lives were immediately improved and God was glorified (plus they got to walk around with God inside a furnace! Not bad!). Sometimes I wish we always found out immediately, too. But often we may not discover the benefits of obeying God until later on, and sometimes much later on.
Over the years I have had countless opportunities to follow God’s lead or not, a few times in big things and many times in small. I compromised more times than I can count! But I can say this with great confidence: I do not regret a single time when I chose to follow God’s perspective and not my own. Not one regret! I didn’t always understand the long-term implications, but God always came through, always protected me or always helped me understand enough for today. And a few of those obedience moments changed the course of my life forever.
Ask yourself today: Knowing the goodness and faithfulness of God, what kind of legacy do I want to leave for those coming after me? Do I want to be remembered as a man or woman who cared what God thought and was willing to make decisions based on that? Was I willing to take risks and trust Him even though the desire to compromise is sometimes strong? Perhaps today is a good day to renew your trust and obedience in the One who will never leave you nor forsake you!