As I was dropping my youngest off at his preschool class I walked into the hallway and overheard the next door teacher reading a Bible story to her kids. I only caught two whole sentences, but those two sentences have caused me to ponder a lot this last week.
To get the idea, say this in your deepest, gruffest, meanest voice…. “When the music plays, everyone must bow down and worship the statue. Those who disobey will be thrown into the fiery furnace.”
As I walked up to my office I questioned, “What kind of God do we serve?” Those who love Him are thrown into fiery furnaces, dens of lions, or have to spend year on a boat, are sold as a slave or persecuted. If you don’t serve our God or temporarily disobey, then you could be struck with 10 plagues, killed by angels, thrown in a belly of a whale or become blind. Interesting dilemma! Which situation would you choose? There isn’t a clear winner, at least on the surface of it.
But with one quick glance into the room I saw children sitting quietly in their seats listening calmly to their teacher as they munched on their morning snack. The thought of being thrown into the fiery furnace didn’t faze them. They didn’t question God.