“The Posture of Surrender”
March 20, 2019
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego replied, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God whom we serve is able to save us. He will rescue us from your power, Your Majesty. But even if He doesn’t, we want to make it clear to you, Your Majesty, that we will never serve your gods or worship the gold statue you have set up. (Daniel 3:16-18 NLT)
Posture: state or condition at a given time especially with respect to capability in particular circumstances.
The story of Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego and the blazing furnace is one of the more commonly known Old Testament stories among Christians. In this account three Hebrew men in a foreign land (Babylon) stood up to one of the most powerful kings in history, Nebuchadnezzar, and risked their lives for their faith. The king ordered that all of the people living in the land should worship a gold statue that he established, and that anyone who refused to would be cast into the blazing furnace. Despite this threat the Hebrew men refused to worship the idol, and an enraged Nebuchadnezzar condemned them to death in the furnace.
The Bible tells us than an angel appeared with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the furnace and their lives were spared: Not a hair on their heads was singed, and their clothing was not scorched. They didn’t even smell of smoke! All of the people present witnessed this happen and Nebuchadnezzar declared before them all that there was no other God like the God of the Hebrews; the king also gave the Hebrew men high-ranking positions in Babylon.
The posture of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego was that they were unwavering when it came to their surrender. It was a posture of complete trust in God. This posture rendered it impossible for them to worship Nebuchadnezzar’s gold statue. They knew that God was strong enough to rescue them, but even if they met their end in that moment they trusted God’s plan for their lives. We see this posture with Jesus in his point of surrender to the cross:
“If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.” (Matthew 26:39)
It is difficult for one to surrender to the hand and plan of God without a posture of trust; we should trust that God knows what is best for us as we surrender to Him. Having a posture of trust affirms that God's ways and thoughts are far higher than our own. Our posture should be unwavering as well; in this we affirm that the circumstances and challenges of life do not have power over our surrender to God. What is your posture today?
Pray that God would renew your trust in Him and that he would free you of any anxiety that you are experiencing with regard to this trust.
Pray for the confidence to remain committed to the purpose of God with an unwavering posture.
Pray that God would surround you with people with the posture of surrender.