“Therefore I make a decree, That every people, nation, and language, which speak any thing amiss against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, shall be cut in pieces, and their houses shall be made a dunghill: because there is no other God that can deliver after this sort.”
Few events in history have done more to inspire God’s people than the one that is recorded in Daniel 3. Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon, made an image of gold and
commanded that all would fall down and worship the image. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego refused to worship the golden image. In his fury, the king commanded that these three men be thrown into the midst of a burning fiery furnace. Rather than deny their God, they stood their ground and faced the consequences. After these men were cast into the furnace, the king looked into the furnace and said, “Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God” (Daniel 3:25).
As a result of this unprecedented miracle, the king made the decree we see in Daniel 3:29. He said, “there is no other God that can deliver after this sort.” He recognized and declared that the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego was greater than any other god. Their God was the true God, the great God, and the living God. What caused King Nebuchadnezzar to come to this conclusion? Very simply, it was the way that God had moved to deliver His children.
Then we must ask another question. What provided such a perfect opportunity for God to move in such an undeniable way for His servants? It was the courage and witness of God’s servants that created such an occasion for God to show His might. We all want the world to know that our God is the true and living God, and that none of the gods of the heathen can be compared to the greatness of Jehovah God, our Savior. It could be that if we want the world to see how great God is, we may have to be willing to take the stand for right that these three men took.
In our generation, we need to stand up for the truth, stand up for the Savior, and stand up for the Gospel. If our God is not so great that we would be willing to be persecuted or even die for Him, then why should anyone be convinced that He is worth living for?