Now when you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipes and all kinds of music, if you are ready to fall down and worship the image I made, very good. But if you do not worship it, you will be thrown immediately into a blazing furnace. Then what god will be able to rescue you from my hand?”
There is perhaps no more ironic statement in all of scripture than Nebuchadnezzar asking what god could save from his hand. Psalm 2:4 tells us, “The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord scoffs at them.” Certainly that was happening in heaven as Nebuchadnezzar makes this boast.
Of course the answer to Nebuchadnezzar’s hypothetical question is that the Lord can rescue from any situation. In many parts of the world Christians are forced to choose between facing persecution and even death or denouncing their Lord. God can rescue from even the worst situations.
Nebuchadnezzar thought that he was all powerful. He would soon learn that God was truly all powerful. The next devotion deals with his reaction when Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were rescued.
Sometimes we get worked up over politics and stupidity or corruption that occurs in our capital cities. At times it appears that laws are made unfairly or immorally. We need to remember that God placed those people in power and can humble them just as quickly as they rose to those positions of authority. God can rescue from the hands of anybody and we do not need to compromise to meet the demands of anyone. Trust in God alone.