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Solve and Obey

November 26, 2012

“Solve and Obey,
That’s what I’ll do today.”

That’s not how the favorite hymn goes, but that’s how we’d like it to be.

We’d like to have all the training for every situation that is going to happen today.

We’d like to know the outcome of our decisions and actions, before we do anything.

Well, at least that’s how I’d like to function. If I only knew for certain that God would give me that new job, I’d sign up for the training to prepare myself. If I only knew how he was going to respond to a gospel presentation, I’d easily share with him. If I only knew how she was going to respond to my request for forgiveness… If I only knew what the day would bring…

But that’s not how God works.

Consider the first three chapters of Daniel. In chapter one, Daniel and his three friends refused to eat the king’s food. In chapter two, Daniel gives the interpretation for Nebuchadnezzar’s dream. In chapter three, the three don’t bow to the idol and are cast into the furnace.

Do you suppose that they had taken classes on how to refuse the decree of the most powerful man in the world? Had they been trained in diplomacy? Had their been any special classes at the synagogue on interpreting dreams? Did they remember to bring their fire retardant togas to work that day?

What they had learned was that to obey God was more important than obeying the king.

But they had also learned that God was going to take care of them, regardless of the outcome.

They didn’t know what would happen to them after ten days of a vegetarian diet. They didn’t know if they would survive the king’s wrath toward the wisemen. They didn’t know if they would survive the fiery furnace.

But they knew that they had to serve God and leave the consequences to Him.

“O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king. But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we don not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up.” (Daniel 3:17-18).

Rather than solve and obey, I need to trust and obey.

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