Nebuchadnezzar exclaimed, “Praised be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who has sent forth his angel and has rescued his servants who trusted in him, ignoring the edict of the king and giving up their bodies rather than serve or pay homage to any god other than their God!
Daniel 3:28 NET
Do you trust God to rescue you? Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego did. But when replying to King Nebuchadnezzar, they said, “But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we don’t serve your gods, and we will not pay homage to the golden statue that you have erected.”
The three young Israelites weren’t going to compromise their belief, even under the threat of death. They believed that God would protect them ultimately. That understanding goes beyond this world though. They knew this world wasn’t all there is.
Their faith and trust in God was never in question. They lived boldly for God!
Why does it seem like people compromise their faith so much?
Probably because their faith…
…was built on emotionalism.
…was never really real.
…never really trusted in God.
…never grew out of infancy.
Trust and obedience comes from a true relationship with God. Your relationship with God needs to be your biggest priority.
When the stress and challenges come, and they will, will you stand?
Lord, help me and all who read this to desire a strong relationship with You. Help it to be the most important thing to us, as we know it will last forever.