Nebuchadnezzar said to them, “Is it true, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, that you do not serve my gods or worship the image of gold I have set up? Now when you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipes and all kinds of music, if you are ready to fall down and worship the image I made, very good. But if you do not worship it, you will be thrown immediately into a blazing furnace. Then what god will be able to rescue you from my hand?” Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. 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.” (Daniel 3:14–18, NIV 1984).
My Musing – We would all like to believe that if we were faced with this kind of moment of truth that we would respond in the same way. Certain death, if God does not intervene, but it did not matter one way or the other. “Even if He does not [intervene], we want you to know, O [world], that we will not serve [any other ‘god’].”
My Advice – How far will our loyalty, commitment and faithfulness go? When the ultimate test comes:
- We may be like Peter and deny Him, even though we said we would be the last one to do so. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9, NIV 1984). Peter was restored and went on to become a pillar in the new Church.
- We may be like the three above. “Does the LORD delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the voice of the LORD? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams.” (1 Samuel 15:22, NIV 1984). Certain death turned into miraculous deliverance for them. This will not always be the case, but again it should make no difference,
- We strive to be like our Lord in all circumstances. “If we are faithless, He will remain faithful, for He cannot disown himself.” (2 Timothy 2:13, NIV 1984).