Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego replied to him, “King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.” Daniel 3:16-18
What is courage? How does courage affect your faith? Someone has said, “Life takes courage. Every day we have our strength tested by the trials and tribulations of the human existence. And some days it can really just feel like it’s too much. Maybe you lost your job, or your partner left you, and the last thing you feel like doing is finding courage.” Courageous people encourage me. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were ordinary teenagers who find their courage and strength in God and God alone. They were confronted by King Nebuchadnezzar to bow to an idol or suffer the deadly consequences. They refused to bow. They stood up and stood out with their response, “If we are thrown into the furnace, the God who we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand, but even if he does not, we want you to know, that we will not serve your gods.” These teenage boys stood up to the most powerful King in the world, because their courage was not in themselves, but Almighty God. AW Tozer writes, “Sometimes I go to God and say, “God, if Thou dost never answer another prayer while I live on this earth, I will still worship Thee as long as I live and in the ages to come for what Thou hast done already. God’s already put me so far in debt that if I were to live one million millenniums I couldn’t pay Him for what He’s done for me.” Pray for courage this morning. Pray for courage for your family all day today. Pray for courage in our gathering at NewLife. Pray for courage in our schools and campuses. Life takes courage, find your courage in God this morning.