Facing Fire

Nebuchaddnezzar had an ego bigger than himself. After erecting a golden statue ninety feet high, he commanded that everyone–God-worshipping Jews included–bow and worship this structure.  Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, three Jewish men who had been elevated to places of leadership in Babylon, refused to bow. (Read their story in Daniel 1 and 3). Imagine three guys boldly standing while hundreds planted their faces to the earth to worship a non-living, non-breathing, man-made creation.

When Nebuchaddnezzar learned of their refusal to bow, he was furious and challenged 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? Then what god will be able to rescue you from my hand? Daniel 3:14-15

You know the rest of the story. They stood their ground, felt the heat, and emerged unscathed. Jesus actually manifested Himself in the midst of the fire. When Nebuchaddnezzar witnessed this, he had a change of heart and acknowledged God’s power. On top of that, the three Jewish guys were promoted!

Don’t be surprised when your devotion to the Lord is challenged, because it will be. Don’t bend under criticism of your Christianity. You may feel the heat, but take a stand. Let the world see Jesus through you. You’ll never know who will have a change of heart.

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