Thursday, April 2, 2009

Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego - Silence is Golden!

Daniel 3:26- 27 Nebuchadnezzar then approached the opening of the blazing furnace and shouted, "Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, servants of the Most High God, come out! Come here!" So Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego came out of the fire,and the satraps, prefects, governors and royal advisers crowded around them. They saw that the fire had not harmed their bodies, nor was a hair of their heads singed; their robes were not scorched, and there was no smell of fire on them.

Rev. Austin W. Mann of Cleveland, devoted his life to missions work. Born in 1841, he grew up like most kids seeking an education and graduating in Indiana at the age of 17. He continued his education and after began teaching at the Michigan School for 8 years. After this time, he continued private study on his own, but his true labor was missions work. He began preaching in the Episcopal Church and traveled quite a bit. He had written over three hundred journals for other bishops but his real calling was the publishing of over a hundred prayer books and getting them into the hands of the deaf and mute population of the world. At the time of his death, he had helped open over ninety schools for the deaf and mute (close to 10,000 people) and minister to these people. The amazing fact in all this? Rev. Mann was deaf and mute himself. He did all this without ever speaking a word.

When King Nebuchadnezzar called Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego out of the furnace, they didn't utter a word. The king was able to look at them and see how truly Almighty was their God. They didn't throw a "we told you so" in his face or a "what now - big king" - they simply let the Glory of God shine through.

I have actually been struggling with this lately myself. I have been bogged down with so many things going on around me, that my Light might seem hard to see. So the question I have to ask myself is this: If I never spoke a word, would people be able to see Jesus standing beside me? Would His glory shine out of me only through my actions?

5 wonderful insights:

Chatty Kelly said...

YEP! And the flip side of this, is who do we turn off when we arrograntly speak that word. So true. Sometimes silence is indeed golden. :-)

Greg C said...

Well I can see it even if I can't see you so it must be. I am feeling the same these days and it has me feeling down.

Anonymous said...

I think you shine.

Angela @ Refresh My Soul Blog said...

Great insight girl! Great questions to ponder! Seeing you before I know you shine Jesus.
Have a great Easter weekend!
He Is Risen!
Much Love,

Sharon said...

I agree silence is golden at times, amen!! Keep Praising Him my friend!! He is sooo Worthy Amen! It's a good day, because we have Jesus in our life!
Have a Great Resurrection Sunday!