The story of Shadrach, Mesach, and Abednego is one of the most memorable stories in the Bible. It is also one of the most misunderstood and misused. This story does inspire us to remain faithful to God even under pressure. But the more that we truly see God’s faithfulness, the more we can find the courage to face life’s trials and temptations.
While we might not face something as extreme as this “bow or burn” tale, where do we face pressure to bow to false idols in our culture?
What temptations do you struggle with? Where might you be tempted to give in to temptation, even though it won’t necessarily help you avoid trials?
What trials are you currently facing? How does Jesus want to use his word and his people to reassure you of his love for you?
How is Jesus the real hero of the story of Daniel 3? How does keeping him as the focus actually empower us to live courageous lives?
Pray that we would treasure Jesus more and more, so that we would have the courage to say “no” to temptation, and the strength to face life’s trials.
Pray that our courage and resolve would be a witness, even to people seemingly as far away from God as Nebuchadnezzar.