Lesson from the story of “the three Hebrews in the fiery furnace” – God provides and honors moral courage!

Three Hebrews in the furnace - Daniel 3

Today, during my time of “Coffee with the Lord,” I read once again the incredible story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego and their courage in the face of the intimidating edict of King Nebuchadnezzar in Daniel 3. In the face of great social, ethical, political and spiritual pressure, as young leaders in Babylon, they exercised great spiritual and moral courage and resisted the king’s demand. God honored their brave act of civil disobedience with divine deliverance!

Nebuchadnezzar’s challenge was, “Who is that God who can rescue you from my power?” Their courageous response was, “If our God whom we are serving exists, He is able to rescue us from the furnace of blazing fire, and He will rescue us, O king, from your power as well! But if not, let it be known to you, O king that we don’t serve your gods, and we will not pay homage to the golden statue that you have erected!” (from Daniel 3:15-18)

Oh, we need to see that kind of courage from professing Christian leaders in the face of spiritual, social, moral and political intimidation once again!

As I read the story again today, I was reminded to pray for Christians that God has placed strategically in government and other places of influence in our world today (especially young leaders). They face great pressure to compromise their godly beliefs and values and bow before the “god of this age” and the edicts of a secular (even pagan) culture. The pressures they face are incredible! The stand they must make requires great spiritual courage! But I am convinced God will honor them for it, vindicate them, and deliver them just as he did when these three young men stood tall for the Lord in the face of Nebuchadnezzar’s edict! Will you join me in prayer for them today?

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