Daniel 3:17-18 (NIV) – If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and he will rescue us from your hand, O king. But even if he does not, we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”
The young men speaking to the king in the aforementioned verse had the opportunity to just let sleeping dogs lie, to leave well enough alone and conform to the image of their culture. I mean, everyone else was doing what the king had asked the entire nation to do. It wasn’t that hard, when the music started playing, simply lower yourself (bow) to the statue (golden image) and submit (worship) the replica of the king.
I admire the courage of these three young men to stand up to a powerful king in order to do what they knew to be right. The worship of God Almighty was where their allegiance laid, not in the phony, shiny, man-made image of…a man.
Their courage had consequences though. Because of their answer to an enraging king, the sentence of being thrown into a furnace of fire was quickly enforced. Something amazing happened though; the fire did not touch them but burned off their bondages. They found themselves in the Presence of another person…one like the Son of God. The king who had just thrown them in was now calling them out and making proclamations of national allegiance to God.
The next time you face something that demands courage in doing the right thing, think about the fact that because of a stand taken by three young men, God was able to rescue and turn the hearts of a ruler. Perhaps, if you stand in courage, the Son of God will show up in a way unexpected, unannounced, yet in power to save.
Context of scripture verse – Daniel 3: 1-30
- Read the context of the story
- Are there areas in your life that need courage like Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego’s?
- Read cheap nfl jerseys 2 Timothy Day 1:7 and note they type of mind that God gives us. Pray that God will help you to be brave in His power.
Note to Self: (reflections, challenges, reminders)