Then Nebuchadnezzar in furious rage commanded that Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego be brought. So they brought these men before the king. Nebuchadnezzar answered and said to them, “Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, that you do not serve my gods or worship the golden image that I have set up? Now if you are ready when you hear the sound of the horn, pipe, lyre, trigon, harp, bagpipe, and every kind of music, to fall down and worship the image that I have made, well and good. But if you do not worship, you shall immediately be cast into a burning fiery furnace. And who is the god who will deliver you out of my hands?”
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered and said to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. If this be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of your hand, O king. But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.”
by: Trisha Gerstel.
If you have ever approached a project—home renovation, weight-loss journey, educational pursuit, etc.—with an “I don’t know about this” attitude, you are very familiar with the dangers of second-guessing. The most effective way to approach any goal is by boldly declaring, “I will!” This is just as true when fending off the myriad of false idols that surround us. These young men seemed resolute in their refusal to worship the Babylonian gods. Instead of thinking, “I sure hope I can hold my ground,” or, “I’m not sure my faith is strong enough,” we must face worldly gods with a heart that confidently declares, “I will not stumble—I will not bow to anyone but God.”