I was thinking about this and just wanted to share. Growing up in Christian circles, especially, you're often asked what your favourite Bible verse, book of the Bible etc is. I always hated those questions because as soon as someone asked, I would blank and not be able to come up with anything. Also, I never really had a "favourite" verse...my favourite was always the one that God was using to challenge me at the moment and that was constantly changing. So I never picked a life verse or anything like that. But recently, I've realized that I do have a favourite verse(s). I never would have thought of them when someone asked but they've always stuck with me. And they're in Daniel of all places. In my quiet time, I'm in Daniel...I'll admit, it's not the first book that I jump to. Then, our pastor announced his next sermon series on...you guessed it...Daniel. This was just about the same time that my 3 year old really took to the Veggie Tales version of Daniel in the Lions Den...do you see a pattern? Can't escape that Daniel! (Rack, Shack and Benny was a favourite about 2 favourites ago). I get it, already :). But the combination has meant that I've heard a bunch of this stuff multiple times lately. I've also realized that my two favourite verses are in there (they've been favourites since I was a teenager, I just never realized it). They're from the story of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego and they are in answer to King Nebudchenezzer's threat to throw them in the fiery furnaace
Daniel 3:17, 18
17 If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. 18 But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”
I realized that this is what I have always wanted for my life...to have such faith and conviction that I can say "God can do this but if He chooses not too, I will serve Him anyway".
Just thought I'd share.
Until next time (and pictures)....