Daniel 3:17-18, "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".
Going against the grain and standing firm in faith is a daunting task. God's faithful servants, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego demonstrated amazing calm, inner strength, and courage as they stood before a fiery furnace and refused to bow to King Nebuchadnezzar's ten foot golden idol. Even in the face of death, they refused to crater to fear and chose the heroic yet difficult path to obedience.
The godly character demonstrated by these men did not occur in a vacuum. They had been taken captive, driven into a foreign land, and successfully adapted to their new lives without compromise. You see, their strong faith began long before the Israelite's exile to Babylon. They likely came from families of conviction and integrity who instilled in them the value of obedience. Likewise, we must do the same as our children grow to face moral dilemmas. Teaching faith in God's strength without compromise is not only paramount to the Christian faith, it sets an exemplary standard in a world so overwrought with moral relativism. Remember, when we take a stand, God will always give us a hand.
Thank God for His constant faithfulness and ask Him to instill this same godly character and conviction in you and in the lives of your children.
Memorize Isaiah 41:10 to add to your Scripture arsenal in times of trial and difficulty:
"Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with My righteous right hand."