Daniel 3 introduces the reader to the story of Daniel and his three friends. Just in case you don’t know this story or don’t want to read the passage, let me give a brief summary of what it’s about. Daniel and his three friends entered a new land in which they were asked to eat and do things they knew they could not do because of their beliefs. Instead of abandoning their beliefs in the face of obstacles, they choose to hold fast unto their God.
This even came to the point where they were subjected to death in a fiery furnace. But God delivered them.
16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered and said to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. 17 If this be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of your hand, O king.[d] 18 But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.”
Their dedication was so strong that they were willing to hold unto their faith even when faced with the prospect of death. How many of us hold faith like that? How many of us are able to love God like that?
Do we all even know what exactly we stand for at the end of the day?
Someone once attacked my religion and I sat there in a sea of doubt. But when they attacked my major I spoke up because I knew I was proud of what I was studying in college. I was willing to defend my major, but not my God. I was willing to defend something so small but when my faith was attacked, I collapsed.
Hold strong unto your faith. There is nothing more powerful than God’s love in our lives.
I know that despite every heartache or pain that I go through, that God is always there. He will always be there. His love wraps around me and this assures me that despite trials and tribulation, I am secured. It has already been promised to me.