Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to him, “King 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 deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.” (Daniel 3:16-18 NIV)
What amazing courage to stand before the leader of the land and declare we will obey God regardless of what you say or do. These three young men could declare they would rather serve God than man because of their love and faith in their Creator. They knew God was capable of delivering them, but, if He choose not to, it was okay. How does that relate to us today? Are we willing to stand for God even though we may have difficulties? There are many people around the world that are giving their lives because of their faith. Please pray for them. Pray for us also that we will have the courage to stand for God when faced with difficult decisions. God is able but what if He chooses to not deliver us at the time? Lord, please give us the ability to stand for you regardless of the circumstances. Amen.