In our pursuit of Jesus we will all have many opportunities to confirm or deny our faith. In today’s world we are not tempted to bow to a statue, but there are many aspects of our life fighting for our attention. Fighting for our worship.
You name it.
Anything has the ability to grab a hold of our heart and get us to direct attention that’s deserving to God and send it some where else.
The story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego is no different. When it was easy to conform, they stayed strong in their faith.
The three men (probably teenagers) refused to obey the king’s order to worship the false image. As soon as they refused, Nebuchadnezzar’s demeanor changes. He flips out.
19 Nebuchadnezzar was so furious with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego that his face became distorted with rage. He commanded that the furnace be heated seven times hotter than usual.
20 Then he ordered some of the strongest men of his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego and throw them into the blazing furnace.
21 So they tied them up and threw them into the furnace, fully dressed in their pants, turbans, robes, and other garments.
22 And because the king, in his anger, had demanded such a hot fire in the furnace, the flames killed the soldiers as they threw the three men in.
23 So Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, securely tied, fell into the roaring flames.
When Nebuchadnezzar aimed to kill these men, God used the situation to bring glory to Himself.
What happened next? Jesus showed up.
Daniel 3: 25 “Look!” Nebuchadnezzar shouted. “I see four men, unbound, walking around in the fire unharmed! And the fourth looks like a god!”
This wasn’t a small fire. Nebuchadnezzar wanted them dead. Regardless of the outcome Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego knew God was by their side. Life or death didn’t matter. They were going to worship God.
Every day is filled with a pressure cooker of opportunities to conform, when God wants us to be faithful. People won’t understand. People might even see you as being weird or even difficult.
Living for Jesus is not about how comfortable we are.
Instead of bowing, we are called to stand for what matters most.
So today as we face our trials and struggles know like Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, Jesus enters in our trials and walks them with us. Fiery trials await us, but we are not alone.
No other name deserves what Nebuchadnezzar was demanding of his people. No other name deserves our praise.
May we stand strong today as temptations flood our life and may we never bow to anything but Jesus.
In every case, in every condition you will need Jesus- Charles Spurgeon
1 Peter 1:7 These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.
Romans 12:2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.