Daniel 3:15 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?”

If you ask someone the same question multiple times, unless their resolve is firm and conviction resolute, their response might change. That was the tactic nebuchadnezzar sought to employ with the three Hebrew men. He literally walks up to them and as though only soliciting information, was actually saying to them ‘I am giving you another chance to change your mind. An opportunity to escape the furnace for you and I recommend you take it.’

Those were heavy threats and it would have made sense for Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego to take the offer presented by the king. Yet, they decided against. They were willing to forfeit their lives rather than bow before the golden image for at no single point in this whole ordeal did they ever consider that their lives were they in the hands of the king. That, was the origin of their boldness.

This was not a single show of blind bravado, it was a decision consistent with their story. Even from their arrival in Babylon, they stood their ground against the dietery requirements in the palace (Dan 1:8-16). So therefore, we ought to realise that ‘trust in God’ does not come spontaneously and automatically. It is born out of a consistency in journeying with God and understanding His workings & dealings with man.

Beloved, we cannot come to trust God by accident because if that is the case, when offered an opportunity to revisit our convictions, our choices will change. We will readily give Him up to save ourselves.


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