…you shall fall down and worship the gold image that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up. Daniel 3:5; Our God… is able to deliver us… but if not,… [we will not] worship the gold image. Daniel 3:17, 18
Nebuchadnezzar felt that his kingdom was threatened. Loss of unity in the kingdom seemed to threaten all that he had conquered and acquired. In a dream the Lord had warned him of imminent loss if he did not yield to His ruler-ship Being resourceful however, Nebuchadnezzar devised a plan to consolidate his holdings by uniting the people around a single religion centering around a great golden image of Nebuchadnezzar himself.
How often do we operate with the same mindset. We feel a need; we have a fear. A relationship is slipping away, and we need a friend. We are alone. What do we do?
So often we clutch. Our fear of isolation or loss often elicits a desperate clutching response in our relationships.
God wants fulfilling relationships for us, not gained through manipulation or clutching, but through [yielding] to His ways, His plans for our lives, and His Word.
In our relationships are we clutching or yielding?
In contrast to Nebuchadnezzar, who was clutching after what God had warned him he could not keep if he did not change, these young Hebrews demonstrated the “yielding” to God’s purpose for them. They were willing to give up careers, friendships, and lives to follow their Lord. In this yielding, we see the Lord fulfill their needs.
In our relationships with one another, we often grab and clutch to see our own needs met. In contrast, we see these young men guide us down the pathway to fulfilling relationships—they were not only a strength to one another as they stood for what they believed, but they saw the Lord confirm His relationship with them as He moved into their situation.
The Lord knows how much we need to be united with others; He created us that way. Rather than clutching, however, we need to let go.
If you will seek the kingdom of God first, if you will yield all you have to His purposes, He has promised to meet all your needs, including your relational needs.