Here’s a great lesson from faithful servants who stood the test!
The lesson comes from the courageous response of Daniel’s three friends to the demands and threats of the King of Babylon (Nebuchadnezzar).
Four core commitments guided these servants of God. Faithfulness in hostile times rests on these deeply held beliefs about God.
The King said, “…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 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 3:15-18).
Four essentials to faithful living when threatened with persecution
- Affirmation of God’s ability to deliver from temporary evil
- Confirmation of God’s ultimate deliverance from evil
- Acceptance that God does not always deliver from temporary evil.
- Determination to stay the course no matter what the temporary outcome.