But there are some . . . Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego—who pay no attention to you, Your Majesty. (Dan. 3:12)
Expanded Passage: Daniel 3:12-15
Short breaks in our homeschool routine equal permission to watch my favorite YouTube scrapbooking and organizing channels. Often these videos help me imagine or create something new or unique or become more organized. The attention I give these influencers pays off in big ways around my house and in my business. Sometimes, though, I lock the door and become entirely engaged with the influencer’s video and put off the kid knocking (loudly) who needs help with science. I sometimes assume I am not essential. I forget that I am a teacher-mom, and my students require my attention.
King Nebuchadnezzar fully expected his subjects to fall before his gold image in worship—to pay attention to him. The three Jews whom he had given authority over Babylon had different priorities though—and Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego’s non-response to the king’s decree surprised and infuriated him. How dare they disregard his gods or image, paying no attention to him, the most powerful being alive? Indeed, what god would be able to rescue them from his hand? Not the ones he knew! But his attention had been in the wrong place all along. Desiring their attention and assuming no god could save them from his grasp, Nebuchadnezzar missed the all-powerful God who had the full attention of his men.
What about you? Who's got your attention? What do you assume?
Remember the One worthy of your attention today. Seek his glory alone.
Jamie Hilty lives in northern Indiana with her pastor-husband, Josh. She spends her days reading aloud to her kids, planning retreats, and avoiding the dishes.
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