But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image. (Dan. 3:18)
Expanded Passage: Daniel 3:16-18
Recent years of turmoil have caused my husband and me to question continued ministry in our church. Are we here for the long haul? Can we persevere and stand strong in the face of . . . ? How can we honor God in this season and be faithful to him?
A week on a mountain for refreshment and healing reminded us thoroughly that we were not alone. God was with us and would deliver and lead us through the dark unknown. He was still trustworthy, and our commitment to him unwavering. We left that week without a clear path through the difficulty, but with a firmer understanding that we didn’t need to defend ourselves; it was God who justified and saved us. Our suffering would also not be in vain. He wastes nothing.
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego stood before the king, fully confident in their mighty God. Their loyalty and deference toward the King Eternal were not shaken by Nebuchadnezzar’s threats. Their confidence was in God alone; he was able to save. The men also knew that God might let them die in the furnace, yet this possibility didn’t diminish God’s power or their conviction.
Their words to Nebuchadnezzar were calm and firm. They did not pause to weigh their options. Their choice to worship God alone did not waver. He would be glorified even in their death.
Today, in your unknown, trust God who is faithful.
Jamie Hilty lives in northern Indiana with her pastor-husband, Josh. She spends her days reading aloud to her kids, planning retreats, and avoiding the dishes.
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