Wednesday: 10th April, 2019
Reference text: Daniel 3:14-20, 91-92,95
Daniel 3:15 Now I am going to give you one more chance. If you bow down and worship the statue when you hear the music, everything will be all right. But if you don’t, you will at once be thrown into a flaming furnace. No god can save you from me.”
The Princess Juliana Airport on the Caribbean Island of Saint Marteen is one of the few airports in the world with a section of its landing approach extremely close to the shore. It is therefore very common for adventurous tourists to stand in this flight path to take very daring pictures.
However, on the news recently, airport chiefs at one of the islands in Thailand which has a similar issue, have considered the prospect of heavy fines and even the death penalty to such tourists.
So the question that came to mind as I read today’s text from the book of Daniel was ‘is punishment a good way to ensure compliance?’ King Nebuchadnezzar seemed to agree that punishment would work hence their use in his threats. His intention however was not actually to punish, but to use capital punishment as a threat intended to instill fear and gain obedience.
To his disappointment, the three Hebrew men refused to budge. Even when death was a near certainty, they stuck to their guns and by doing so, the whip of fear failed. When and where fear triumphs, people act out of the ordinary and do things they would normally not do.
Many find themselves stuck in unhealthy relationships out of the fear of being alone, others are afraid of stepping forward or even trying out of fear of failing. Beloved, the enemy can take advantage of the very things we fear to influence our lives and affect the decisions we make.
Fear is crippling and to the believer, its impact can be profound. Let us therefore not make room for fear to take root in our hearts because then we are held at a ransom. In the face of fear, we need to rather stand in knowledge and confidence of the love our God has for us because in ‘perfect love, fear has no place’.