July 16, 2015

Witnesses to the King: Facing Adversity

Daniel 3:8-30

“God...has sent his angel and rescued his servants! They trusted in him and...were willing to give up their lives rather than serve or worship any god except their own God.”

—  Daniel 3:28

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed­nego knew that their first allegiance was to God and they should worship only him. Nebuchad­nezzar did not recognize any authority above his own; he wanted to be the object of worship. He had commissioned a great statue and ordered that everyone must bow and worship his image or face execution by fire in a furnace.

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed­nego were willing to face the anger of the king and even die rather than deny their heavenly Father, in whose image they were made. They faced adversity with courage and modeled for the king what it looked like to honor the convictions of their faith. Their testimony is compelling. In effect, they said, “We believe God is able to save us, but even if he does not do that in this life, we will not worship anyone but him.”

This statement enraged the king so much that he raised the temperature to the point that even the soldiers in charge of these men were killed by the heat. But God protected his servants from the fire and allowed them to leave the furnace unscathed. After the dramatic res­cue of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, the king had a change of heart and praised God. Their faith mentored the king himself.

Do you have the courage to stand up for your convictions in the face of adversity?

Father, give us the courage to be faithful in adversity. May we reflect your image even in hard times. In Christ, Amen.

About the author — Steven and Deb Koster

Steven and Deb Koster have a passion for marriages, families, and spiritual growth in the home. Both are ordained ministers in the Christian Reformed Church in North America. Steven formerly served as editor of Today and director of ReFrame's English-language outreach. Deb leads Family Fire, ReFrame’s family ministry at FamilyFire.com and on Facebook. The Kosters have three children.

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