The Book of Daniel, Chapter 3 speaks of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego; three young Hebrew men living under the leadership of King Nebuchadnezzar, the Babylonian king in that time.
King Nebuchadnezzar had set up an image of gold to be worshiped and he commanded the people and nations to bow to worship it at the sound of the musical instruments. And so it was, the people bowed in worship before the image. However; Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego did not bow. The king confronted them in fury after it was brought to his attention that these young men had defied him and his command. While they were under king Nebuchadnezzar, they vowed that they would not bow to any god other than their God. In fact; when he told them to bow or they would be cast into the fiery furnace and asked them who was the god that can deliver them out of his hands (Daniel 3:15), they responded: “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king. But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up.”” Daniel 3:16-18.
They were clear on who their God was and that they would bow to no other god. Of course the king was furious and ordered they be cast into the fiery furnace BUT that the fire be turned up seven times hotter than it was usually heated.
The Bible says these three young men were bound in their garments, coats, hats and cast into the midst of the fiery furnace.
Imagine with me a moment how they must’ve felt. If there is one thing that was clear, was that they knew who their God was and they would not bow to another. But let’s remember that the young men were still human and had natural emotions. So I can imagine them standing firm; believing God was able to save them but also still afraid at the very real situation that was about to take place. They were about to be thrown into a fiery furnace and burned alive if God chose not to save them. No matter what, they would still honor Him and not bow.
Verse 24 tells us that the king was astonished and rose up to confirm that they had thrown three men into the fire and so it was confirmed. Yet, he saw, at that very moment four men walking loose in the midst of the fire. Behold, the fourth looking like the Son of Man (The Lord).
Surely as the Lord lives, He delivered them from the fiery furnace and showed the enemy that He was their God and no harm would come to them for defying the king and honoring Him. Not only did God deliver them, but the Bible says that not even a hair on their head was singed nor did their garments smell like smoke.
You see, there are times in the life of a Christian where we will be faced with situations where we must make a choice. The choice would either be in alignment with the Word of God or against it. At that moment, we can choose to compromise out of fear. The fear of what others might say or even the fear of being disliked. Possibly the fear of becoming a social outcast. However the truth remains that a choice must be made. One that at the end of our lives, we must give account to God for that choice.
Either we are for God or we are against Him. The Bible tells us that friendship with the world is enmity with God. Whoever wants to make himself a friend of the world is an enemy of God (James 4:4). We cannot drink from the Lord’s cup and the cup of demons. We cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table and the table of demons. Are we to provoke the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than He? (1 Corinthians 10:21)
When you choose to stand up for God against all odds, against the majority, against the whispers, the lies and assumptions regardless of the fact that it may seem as if the “odds are stacked against you” you don’t stand alone. For HE who was with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego is the same God that lives today and delivers us today from the hand of the enemy. He honors our obedience over sacrifice. Obedience to Him over sacrificing popularity or being liked by the majority. Though the enemy would intentionally raise the flame seven times hotter because you’re against him, the Lord will deliver those who honor Him and when all is said and done; you can rest assured you will come out of that situation without your hair singed and without even smelling of smoke. No effect on you. Why? Because the God of Israel was with you.
The Bible then says that King Nebuchadnezzar not only was amazed and requested they come out but he then set a decree that every people, nation and language must serve the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego and the king promoted them. For honoring God, they had favor with the very man that ordered they be put to death for honoring their God.
I encourage you today, don’t be silenced by the enemy. Don’t allow fear to keep you from not bowing. Bowing to whatever it is that you know goes against the Word of God. Remember, He honor those who honor Him.
Greater is HE who lives within you than He that is in the World and if God be for you, WHO can be against you? Fear no man but Him who has the power to cast into hell (Luke 12:4-5).
We all must choose at some point. What will you choose today? Stand with God and against what He is against? Or stand with the majority and be held accountable before God. As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. We will not bow. I encourage you today in the love of God, with an urgency in my spirit and with the authority given unto me by Jesus Christ to simply choose wisely.
In His love,
Your Sister in Christ and co-laborer in Him.