It’s spelled really as audacity. It means a willingness to take bold risks and it is what those three Hebrew boys displayed. Sheer audacity.
The king had told them they had to bow to the statue he had made and if they couldn’t, they were going to be thrown into a furnace that was about 1000°C
I used a little furnace for a while while I was working on my undergraduate school project and damn! that machine comes with so much heat. We usually have to leave it for a while after use, before opening to prevent any burns and whatnot. Man’s hot I tell you.
Into this same kind of heat were these human beings to be thrown into if they didn’t do what the king expected. They said to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter. If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king.
Whoosh! I don’t know if they were sweating as they said that but I think they must have been so much adrenaline rush in their bodies, What? To the king?
No matter how they felt, thank God they took a stand, and today, we can follow their example. It wasn’t easy. At all. But it was really worth it. Through their action, many more people came to accept God as the only true God.
Shedrach, Meshach and Abednego are now heroes of faith who are cheering us on on our journey as we mustn’t fall their hands. They’ve shown us how it’s done and we can now walk in their footsteps.
This is particularly important now because whether we admit it or not, we’re in some significant times, and like it or not, we’d be today or tomorrow, faced with situations where we either bow or we’re thrown into the furnace. It could be in our workplaces, among people we would normally call our friends, maybe even in our homes.
Brother James tells us to count it all joy when we fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of our faith produces patience. Also, we must remember that we are in the world and so, the systems of the world are designed for the world. We are somewhat part of the system because we are still on this side of heaven but we aren’t of the world. We are citizens of heaven and our present location is very transient.
So dear friend. As long as it’s for the sake of Christ, as long as it’s for the sake of the gospel, you have to have some audacity. Jesus also tells us to not be surprised when the world hates us. And boy, this hatred has never been more pronounced and subtle at the same time as it is right now.
We’ll be bold
We’ll be audacious
We’ll stand for Christ
We’ll not be ashamed
We’ll declare Him on the mountains and in the valley
We won’t be tired.
Love and light
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