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we are not careful to answer thee

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Announcements Forums Reality – March 31st, 2019 we are not careful to answer thee

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    3. Daniel 3
    1 Nebuchadnezzar the king made an image of gold,
    14 … and said unto them, Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, do not ye serve my gods, nor worship the golden image which I have set up?
    16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter.
    17 If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king.
    18 But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.

    Thinking this week about things I’ve learned here, such as “agree with thy adversary quickly” and using wisdom when we go about our daily life, I wondered what the difference was here, that such a strong stand was required. I then remembered Christ Jesus’ words: “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” (Mark 12:17)

    Those three knew that our God is God, and thus our worship, allegiance, and salvation are His. In going about my daily life, it would never be wise to give any of those away! Thus, there was no difference – they did agree quickly by basically saying, ‘You are right, we won’t serve or worship your false god.’

    When my kids were small, I learned the value of the phrase, “Choose your battles.” Not everything presented requires strong words and actions. Like with kids, when an aggressive claim is presenting itself, often it seems laughter or a hug is what is required to get back to joy and clear thinking. But, as I am learning here, there are times that Principle demands “we are not careful to answer” mortal mind, and know that Truth, Life, and Love “will deliver us out of thine hand, O [error].”

    I am very grateful to be learning this, and to know that when these moments happen, there will come afterward a great blessing, just as came to Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego. Thank you for this lesson!

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