If you grew up in Sunday school, you probably remember the story of Shadrach, Meschach, and Abednego. And if not, check out Daniel chapter 3. It’s such an amazing story of God’s power, and how 3 regular men obeyed and trusted in Him.
King Nebuchadnezzar created an idol made of gold. It wasn’t just a puny idol either – it was over 90 feet high, by 90 feet wide. Go BIG or go HOME right?
When the music began to play, everyone bowed down to worship this golden idol. But Shadrach, Meschach, and Abednego refused.
When everyone was bowed low, they held their heads high, and stood firm in their faith to bow only to our Almighty God.
In their disobedience to the king, and their obedience to God, their consequence was to be thrown in the fiery furnace (7 x hotter than usual!). But even to the point of death, they stood their ground.
Daniel 3:17-18 – “…the God we serve is able to deliver us from it (death in the fiery furnace)… BUT even I he does not, we want you to know that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”
They knew God was ABLE to deliver them from death in the furnace, but even if God chose NOT to – they still trusted in Him. They knew where they would spend eternity. Death was not the end for them. They had no fear and they would not compromise in their faith in God.
We may never face persecution or death for our faith, but we may face peer pressure in our lives to go along with ‘the crowd.’ To take part in ungodly acts or to be a part of something that would take away from our personal witness of who Jesus is to us. Is it ever worth it? No. It’s not.
God will be and is always with us in every situation. When we are feeling pressured to create a gray area in our lives – He will give us the strength and confidence to stand up boldly for our faith. In doing so, our act of obedience will be a testimony of WHO He is to our friends, family, neighbors, coworkers, and so on!
May we be a living testimony of who Jesus is to us today, and every day. I pray for strength, boldness, confidence, peace, and joy in your witness today.
God bless you!