13 Then Nebuchadnezzar flew into a rage and ordered that Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego be brought before him. When they were brought in, 14 Nebuchadnezzar said to them, “Is it true, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, that you refuse to serve my gods or to worship the gold statue I have set up? 15 I will give you one more chance to bow down and worship the statue I have made when you hear the sound of the musical instruments. But if you refuse, you will be thrown immediately into the blazing furnace. And then what god will be able to rescue you from my power?” 16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego replied, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you. 17 If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God whom we serve is able to save us. He will rescue us from your power, Your Majesty.” (Daniel 3:13-17)
Even with the possibility of losing their lives, the 3 Hebrew boys refused to bow down to King Nebuchadnezzar’s gold statue. They had made up their minds that they wouldn’t compromise their faith in God. They were determined that they would stand for God even though everyone else around them was bowing down.
How about you? Will you stand up when everyone else is bowing down? Will you remain committed to God even when it means facing persecution or will you compromise? It may not be easy to do the right thing and it may not always be popular but compromise is never the right choice. But here’s what I know: when we take a stand for God, God will stand with us. The 3 Hebrew boys were thrown into the fiery furnace but God was there with them.
Taking a stand for God will cause us to stand out. It will even bring persecution and suffering. But when we stand for God, it honors Him and honoring Him is what matters most. We don’t have to compromise. With God’s help, we can take a stand and make a difference.