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.”
If someone was given a death sentence solely based on their beliefs, you’d expect them to fight for their life, wouldn't you? You’d expect them to defend themselves!
But what if they didn’t? What if they didn't defend themselves? What would that tell you about their beliefs?
You just read about three men named Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego who were threatened with death for their belief in God, and yet they didn’t defend themselves. They told the king who threatened them that they were convinced their God could save them from his fiery furnace. And even if he didn’t, nothing the king said or did would cause them to stop trusting in their God.
How many people do you know who are willing to die for their beliefs? Are you willing to die for yours? Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were—but why? The reason is pretty simple really. Their God had convinced them of who they were—imperfect human beings who could do nothing to right their own relationship with God—but he had also convinced them of who he is—the all-powerful, holy, creator of the universe who loves them so much that he promised to mend the relationship they have with him.
These three men who were threatened with death in a fiery furnace displayed remarkable conviction when their feet were held to the fire—conviction that came from God himself! And in his Word your God offers you this same conviction as he not only shows you your inability to measure up to his perfect standards, but then also shows you his Son who measured up perfectly for you! Thanks to Jesus, you are at peace with your God! Like Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, you have nothing to fear in death because your death is not the end, but rather the beginning of eternal peace with your God in heaven!
God’s blessings and enjoy your weekend!