Jack Huston: Have faith in God
October 8, 2005
I read some of the “Breakfast Serials” that the Pilot ran a few weeks ago and found them to be amusing, but I have a better one. There was a great king a long time ago. His kingdom was so great that there would never be one like it after it passed on. The story goes that one day the king made a great likeness, a statue of sorts of himself, and commanded everyone in his kingdom to bow down and worship the likeness and his gods when called to. This great king also decreed that anyone who didn’t worship the statue would be killed.
Then one day, some subjects of his came and told the king that three members of his court did not worship his likeness or gods when called. The king became very angry and called these three before him and demanded to know if it was true that they did not bow down to his statue. The king warned them by telling him if the accusations were false, they would be left alone; but if they were true, they would be thrown in a great fire. The three told the king that if he had them thrown into a fire that their God would rescue them, and above all they would not bow down to his statue or worship his gods.
Now, the king was really hot (road rage)! He called for a great fire to be made and to make it seven times hotter than usual. (This is like the self-cleaning feature on your stove.) The king commanded his strongest men to bind up and throw the three in the fire. The fire was so hot that it burned up the mighty men who threw the three servants in the fire. The three men landed in the midst of the fire, and the king rose up with astonishment and said: “Didn’t we throw three men in the fire, and now look, there are four men walking around in the fire. The fourth man looks like the son of God.”
The king walked up close to the fire and yelled out, “Come out servants of the most high God.” And out they came. The king called all his court in — counselors, governors and captains — to see these three who were not touched by the fire. They didn’t even smell like smoke (like that bag of popcorn you left in the microwave too long). The king spoke and said, “Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who sent his angel to deliver his servants who trusted in him and have changed the king’s decree and yielded their bodies that they might not serve or worship any god except their own God.”
The king then made a new decree saying that every people, nation and language that spoke anything bad against the God of these three would be cut up and their homes would be a pile of dung because there is no other God that can deliver like this. The king then promoted the three. What is the moral of this story?
Unlike the last Breakfast Serial story, you don’t need a talking horse, a magical book or to travel dangerous roads to distant mysterious mountains to defeat a bad giant. All you need is faith in God, who will be there when your faith is tested, as the fourth man in the fire. As for Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, they wouldn’t bend, they wouldn’t bow, and they wouldn’t burn.
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