Then the herald loudly proclaimed, ‘Nations and peoples of every language, this is what you are commanded to do: As soon as you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipe and all kinds of music, you must fall down and worship the image of gold that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up. Whoever does not fall down and worship will immediately be thrown into a blazing furnace.’

Therefore, as soon as they heard the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp and all kinds of music, all the nations and peoples of every language fell down and worshiped the image of gold that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up.

At this time some astrologers came forward and denounced the Jews. They said to King Nebuchadnezzar, ‘May the king live forever! Your Majesty has issued a decree that everyone who hears the sound of the horn, flue, zither, lyre, harp, pipe and all kinds of music must fall down and worship the image of gold, and that whoever does not fall down and worship will be thrown into a blazing furnace. But there are some Jews whom you have set over the affairs of the province of Babylon - Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego - who pay no attention to you, Your Majesty. THey neither serve your gods nor worship the image of gold you have set up.’

Furious with rage, Nebuchadnezzar summoned Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. So these men were brought before the king, and 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, pipe 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 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 abe 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 3:4-18

The story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego has been a favorite of mine for a long time. It's always inspiring to see how it always turns out in their favor. They were saved from a fiery furnace! That's a supernatural movement of God and something that will always encourage me.

Although the full story is powerful, I wanted to highlight up to the middle of the story for a reason. Those three didn't know the outcome at this point in the story even though they had the faith that they knew the outcome. Specifically, verses 16-18 stick out to me. Here they are in the face of a great king saying he will throw them in a fire if they don't bow down to his idol. It's a simple request, but they know where they stand and who their God is.

Their response is that they know God will save them in response to their faith. Then, the most powerful part of the story happens, "But even if he does not, we want you to know, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up." That is faith: knowing who God is and not letting circumstance change that view of God. It's challenging. It's not easy, but the truth is God really is good and is worth having that kind of faith.

God, I just pray that you would give me the faith that Shadrach, Meshach, and Abdenego had. I pray that I would view you as good and for who you are regardless of the circumstances I'm in. Thank you for your goodness. Amen.

- Daniel Bailey