“Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego answered and said . . . ‘our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace…But if not…we do not
serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up.'”
Daniel 3:16-18, NKJV
Now that is faith – to know God is able to deliver, but even if He does not, it will not affect your decision to worship Him. I am always convicted by this story in Scripture in the areas of my life where I am tempted to diminish my devotion to avoid death to self. Did that same temptation ever cross their minds? Perhaps, but if the hint of hesitancy was hovering, it is not recorded. What is left, as their legacy, is the bold and non-negotiable stand which stated to all those who watched that their faith was not convenience-centered, even if it cost them their lives.
The true earmark of a surrendered life is one of total obedience, even to the point of death. “…He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death on the cross.” (Philippians 2:8)
How often do we walk as though our choice to obey was optional? Should we not look more like servants rather than selective shoppers deciding at every crossroads whether or not to accept the Lordship of Christ? From the heavenly realm, our vacillating obedience betrays our double-minded allegiance between self and God. When we have used the God-given, free will to choose the option to not choose anything but God’s ways, are we demonstrating the faith that can face any fiery trial regardless of its outcome.
QUESTION: What trials have tempted you to compromise in your convictions? Why is obedience not optional?