READ : Daniel 3:8-18
Our church bus sometimes, too often, breaks down on youth group trips. It’s always fun to watch the varied responses from our young people. Some worry about how we’ll get the bus fixed while others complain about what we’ll miss or be late for. But some will actually grab a book or headphones and relax. They understand the matter is beyond their control and trust we’ll get them to our destination sooner or later.
Nebuchadnezzar’s astrologers wasted little time in telling him that the captured Jews weren’t obeying his commands. This made the king furious, and he threatened them with certain death in a blazing furnace.
Sure, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego could have appeased the King by pretending to worship his idol in order to avoid being tossed into the furnace. They could have reasoned that surely God wanted them to do whatever they could to stay alive and serve him. But they understood that their fate was is God’s hands, not theirs. They made this known when, without a hint of anxiety, the trio told the king they knew God was able to save them, but that even if he didn’t, they were prepared to die rather than bend the rules to save their lives.
Lord, help us live our lives trusting fully in the plan you have for each one of us. Amen.