- Joe Norton
Never Give Up (4/3/2022)
“Shadrack, Meshack, and Abed-Nego answered and said to the king, ‘O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter.
“If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king.
“But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up ” (Daniel 3:16-18).
Having just been asked about which god would deliver them from the fiery furnace, these three responded with this forceful message of unrelenting faith in the God whom they served.
The setting for this story is the Babylon Empire, a time after the three named in this passage, had gained favor with King Nebuchadnezzar—the king had built an image of himself and commanded the people to bow down before it. When these three refused, the king had them placed in the fiery furnace.
In spite of extreme danger, these men refused to give in and turn against the God of heaven. Their faith, along with other outstanding people of God in scripture, stands front and center as an example for us.
In spite of uncomfortable or even extreme circumstances, we must be determined never to turn against our God—we must Never Give Up our faith in Him.