Then Nebuchadnezzar in his rage and fury commanded to bring Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Then they brought these men before the king. Nebuchadnezzar spake and said unto them, Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, do not ye serve my gods, nor worship the golden image which I have set up? Now if ye be ready that at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, ye fall down and worship the image which I have made; well: but if ye worship not, ye shall be cast the same hour into the midst of a burning fiery furnace; and who is that God that shall deliver you out of my hands? Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter. If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up (Daniel 3:13-18, King James Version).
In the text above, we are presented with a disposition, which if we imbibe and get settled in us, will ensure that we win at all times. We see here, three Hebrew boys faced with death if they stand by their choice to follow God; but they have a disposition which was unwavering in the face of the fiercest Judgment reflected in their statement. The disposition we are talking about here is sticking with the Lord, ensuring we are on God’s side, against all odds. That is. doing God’s will even when it does not make sense. The end result was that they experienced the intervention of the Lord the way it has never been before. The same way you are guaranteed of winning if you imbibe this disposition.
Esther was another person who had this disposition; She had the choice of neglecting the need of the people of God, and pretending as if it does not concern her, but she did not, even though it was at the expense of her life. Her statement, if I perish I perish, shows this disposition we are talking about, (Esther 4:12-16). She chose rather to walk in the counsel of Rev 12:11, the will of God and she eventually got liberty and liberation and victory for her people. She chose to do God’s will, even when it was risky and did not make sense to do so.
Daniel as well, walked in this disposition, the disposition of keeping God’s will and instructions not withstanding the risk. He was faced with death if he prayed yet he chose to pray, because that was God’s will, (Daniel 6:6-10). So he tilted towards God’s will even though faced with death and God eventually did help him to win at last. He was saved alive from lion’s den and the same lions expected to have destroyed him ate his enemies.
Time will fail us to talk about men like Moses, Paul, Peter, John and others who, in the face of persecution, death and other painful consequences still went ahead to do God’s will and did win at last.
Therefore beloved, if we are to win ultimately in life and make it to heaven, if we are to have our ways trailed with victories and interventions of God, then we need to have a disposition, a settlement within our heart that tends towards, and actually does God’s will in spite of the consequences or threat to our lives or estate if we do.