Our False Idols

Joy Zomer

READ : Daniel 3:13-30

. . . we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up. (v. 18)

Naming the false idols and narratives that are a part of our lives in the 21st century is complicated. Yet, it is real. Daily we are challenged to remain committed to the faith that we believe in. We have so much offered to us in terms of personal comfort and achievement, it becomes difficult at times to see beyond them. Easily, they become elements of life we covet and desire more of. Too easily, we look inward to our own desires and wants rather than staying focused on God’s plan in and through us.

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were faced with the ultimate challenge in this passage. Will they go the way of the kingdom and bow to an image of the king? Or will they remain true to their God? Their circumstances do remind us of the pervasive nature of false idols and narratives.

For these three men, their belief in the one, true God above all others led them alone through the heat of a fiery furnace. How like that is our own story today? What false idols and golden images do we have to shake off or denounce as we claim the true God?

It isn’t simple to answer these questions. But to ask them is a first step. The next step is to be willing to walk through the fiery furnace with God as your shield.


Dear Lord, hold me firmly in your grasp. Keep my eyes on you.