Taking a Stand – Literally

Craig Abbott

READ : Daniel 3:4-7

They are moments in history etched into our collective psyche: the Chinese pro-democracy student standing down a tank in Tianemen Square, Rosa Parks refusing to move to the back of the bus, women placing daisies into the gun barrels of soldiers during a Vietnam War protest – all examples of individuals who had decided that it was time to take a stand.

There are critical times like these in our Christian walk. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego faced such a situation when the king set up his golden idol. These young captives had already made substantial sacrifices – they accepted new names and took administrative roles in the Babylonian empire. They deftly negotiated to avoid eating the royal food.

But enough was enough. As we’ll see, when ordered to worship a pagan god, they took a stand – literally and precisely. They refused to bow down.

Do you feel the Holy Spirit prompting you to take a stand in some area of your life? Has the time for negotiation and compromise past? Then by faith, be willing to relinquish control of the situation to God, and let him mediate the consequences.


Lord, help me to know when to compromise appropriately and when to take a firm stand so that you might receive all glory and honor. Amen.