Friday, January 18, 2013

The Daniel Fast - Day 17 Devotional

Today's Day 17 devotional is coming from YouVersion's 21 Day Fast reading plan.  Each day you will find devotional content as well as scripture readings for the day.  The scripture for Day 17 is Daniel 3.

This scripture is the story that many of you may know well - it's about Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego.  They refused to worship the idol that everyone was to worship and so they were thrown into the fiery furnace as punishment for their "wrongdoing".  Yet they did not perish in the fire.  They walked out alive, with God at their side.

The imagery in this story is incredible.  Can you imagine being sent to certain death in such a manner?  They accepted this as their fate because the alternative would be to oppose the truth - to worship something other than the one true God.  They were willing and they trusted that God would lead them through this trial.

We may not be in a situation where we are being led into a physical fire which would result in our demise.  But there may be times in life where we find ourselves in situations where we can either go with what is popular or go with what we know to be right.  We might find ourselves embroiled in a mental battle over what we are supposed to do in such a situation.  Do we go with what others deem acceptable or with what the popular choice is, or do we go with what we know to be true in our minds and in our hearts.  It is a battle, that is for sure.  The enemy wants to win this one.

The devotional content for today says:

"What facts are you facing that defy God's truth? Take the facts to God in prayer today and believe with boldness that your God will be with you in the fire."

Know that God is with you - no matter what situation you may be confronted with.  Know that God wants you to trust in Him and in His truth.  Just trust in Him.  His way is truth and right  If you are in doubt over which side to choose, you can never go wrong with choosing the side that God is on.  Pray.  Pray fervently over whatever your situation is.  Go to God with it.  He will surely lead you along the right path.

If you are doing a fast right now, how is it going for you?  What are your major challenges right now?  What are you learning so far?  Do you have any advice to share on how to get through the difficult moments of the fast?  I'd love to hear!

If you are reading a bible plan or devotional during this fast, what are you learning?  I would love it if we could share our insights so that we can be a support to each other during this time.  Link up below and grab a button while you're at it!

Daniel Fast 2013


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