READ : Daniel 2:40-49
Nebuchadnezzar is no fool. He does want to honor Daniel, to be sure. He also wants to feather his own nest by having him around just in case a similar need arises in the future.
It makes us look good if we have a miracle worker in our employ. Daniel, wisely recognizing that the praise of today may turn into hostility tomorrow, makes sure that Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego get included in the promotion.
A few years later our worst fears are realized. Nebuchadnezzar, who had said to Daniel earlier, “Truly, your God is God of gods and Lord of kings,” decides to build a 90-foot high golden statue to the god of Babylon. He requires every person in the empire at the sound of the horn and other musical instruments to “fall down and worship the golden image.”
Are you surprised? Probably not. You remember a time in your life when you sang, “My Jesus, I love thee, I know thou art mine.” You also know how, little by little, another powerful force moved in. Perhaps it was the “almighty dollar” or some other enticement.
Lord, that ancient king did what is so easy to do. By your Spirit keep our love for you fresh and vital. In Jesus’ name. Amen.