Archive for August 18th, 2006

Easy Button

Friday, August 18th, 2006

Please read Daniel 3:1-30 (NRSV) (The Message) out loud if possible.

As you read, consider these questions: What might God be saying to me in this passage? What jumps out at me? At the end of the reading, try to summarize your thoughts in a sentence or two before reading on.

My thoughts on this passage (Tammy Mills):

If I see one more of those Staples “Easy Button” commercials, I am going to scream!

Did you know that you can now buy “Easy Buttons” to decorate your home or office? The Easy Button perpetuates the myth (or at least, it has been a myth in my life) that there is a magic button, or pill, or formula that can suddenly make everything in life easy. I have wasted too much of my life trying to find that illusive Easy Button!

In today’s scripture we meet three young men who certainly could have used an Easy Button. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were facing some difficult times. Because of their refusal to worship Nebuchadnezzar, they were thrown into the fiery furnace.

The amazing part of this story, for me, is that God sent an angel (or some other being) down to be with them and protect them in the fire. How great is it to think we serve a God who is willing to go through the fire with us!

Notice what God didn’t do — God didn’t magically make the terrible circumstances go away. Instead, God was “in the fire” with them. I find that thought really powerful. As I go through “fiery” times I will think of the angel sitting in the fire with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego and remember that God is also sitting with me, in the “fiery” times of life.

Thought for the day: Can you picture the presence of God comforting and guiding you through “fiery” times?

Today, let’s join together in prayer for: Pastor Jeff Miner. He’ll be traveling next week to take part in our denomination’s Board of Administration meetings. Pray for safe travels, effective work times, and maybe even a little time to relax.

We encourage you to include a time of prayer with this reading. Use the item above as a starting point, or consider the guidelines on the How to Pray page.

"Be still, and know that I am God." Psalm 46:10
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