Your Best Defense against the Enemy by Christina Patterson

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Your Best Defense against the Enemy (Part 4)
Series: Unshaken: Standing Firm When Your Faith Is Tested
Christina Patterson
Daniel 3:16-17

The second lesson we learn from Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego’s response to King Nebuchadnezzar about standing firm when the struggle is real is the importance of knowing that God is our defender. The first thing they say to King Nebuchadnezzar that we read in Daniel 3:16 is this: 

“King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter.

Now King Nebuchadnezzar was already upset, right? Can you imagine how much more upset he was after hearing this response? He asks them who will deliver them from his hand and their response is pretty much, we don’t even feel obligated to answer your question on this matter. Because when it comes to matters of their faith and who they ultimately bow down to worship they only answer to One God and it ain’t Nebuchadnezzar. 

But what I think they are really saying here is not that king Nebuchadnezzar did not deserve an answer but that their God would answer for them, that they did not need to defend their God or themselves because they thoroughly trusted that God was their ultimate protector and defender. And this is an important reminder because Nebuchadnezzar is essentially trying to intimidate them to do what he wants them to do. And had their faith not been solely in God’s ability to protect and defend them, Nebuchadnezzar’s intimidation tactics might have worked. He might have been successful at scaring them into worshiping this false idol. 

And that leads me to question how many idols we worship simply out of fear and intimidation? Is the enemy luring us to worship some idol, is he taking advantage of our fear that things might not go our way and push us into trying to take matters into our own hands instead of trusting God? 

This reminds me of the story of Abraham and Sarah in Genesis. God promised Abraham that he would be the father of many nations but as he got older and older they had not had even one child. Sarah had enough waiting on God to deliver on his promise, so she takes matters into her own hands and tells her maidservant to sleep with Abraham so he can have an heir. If you imagined that the entire situation did not turn out well you would be correct. Drama for dayz ok? And as crazy as Sarah’s plan sounds on paper guess what? When we don’t trust that God is our defender we do some crazy stuff too. But at the time it does not seem crazy to us, we’re simply trying to alleviate the pressures and anxiety that come when things don’t go our way, when the struggle gets real and we start to doubt if God will really be there to defend us from this f ...

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