READ : Daniel 3:1-18
O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to present a defense to you in this matter. (v. 16)
I have a hunch we would do well to comport ourselves more like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. They were confronted by a world of religious options, one of which not only challenged their faith but also threatened their lives. They didn’t get defensive and argue angrily, they didn’t get nervous and shy away from any competing claim, nor did they get mean and start slandering their neighbors.
No, they responded confidently, graciously, and faithfully, “We have no need to present a defense to you in this matter.” They trusted the living God. They were firm in the conviction that God was God, and therefore in total control.
Although thousands of years and thousands of miles separate us from those three Hebrew men, we are confronted by a pluralistic world of religious options too. In North America most competing claims don’t threaten our lives. But they do challenge our faith.
Like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, we can trust that God is still God. When our faith is challenged, we don’t need to become angry, nervous, or mean. We can respond confidently, graciously, and faithfully, trusting that God can deliver, and will accomplish his purposes.
God, give us faith to live in a world of competing claims.