Day 78 March 19 Daniel 3:20

Daniel 3:19-23Nebuchadnezzar, his face purple with anger, cut off Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. He ordered the furnace fired up seven times hotter than usual. He ordered some strong men from the army to tie them up, hands and feet, and throw them into the roaring furnace.Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, bound hand and foot, fully dressed from head to toe, were pitched into the roaring fire. Because the king was in such a hurry and the furnace was so hot, flames from the furnace killed the men who carried Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego to it, while the fire raged around Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.It might have seemed to be a bad day. It was a bad day for Nebuchadnezzar because he had three guys who wouldn’t do what he wanted them to do. He had no control over them even when he threatened them.And then it was a bad day because when he carried out his threat they didn’t burn up. He came face to face with God’s care for these three men. And he wanted to know God.It was a bad day for Shadrach, Meschach and Abednego. They were threatened and then tossed into a burning furnace. They refused to back down from what God would have them do. They stood their ground and they experienced the miracle of God. They did not burn up. They didn’t even smell of smoke.It was a bad day for the men who turned in the three men. They thought they would gain more respect and favor from their leader. But they lost even what they had. The men they had turned in became the favorites.So on a day that I think is a bad day, I must stop and consider. Is it a bad day because I am doing what God has told me to do? Is it a bad day because I’m trying to control other people? Is it a bad day because I am judging other people and trying to condemn them?Lord, forgive me of my sins. Forgive me for trying to control other people to do what I think is best for them. Forgive me for speaking with out thinking of others. Forgive me for judging others instead of extending grace and mercy to them.Take my hand today, Lord, and then lead through this day with grace. Show me how to let go of my agenda and do the work you have for me today.

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