Then Nebuchadnezzar was furious with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, and his attitude toward them changed. He ordered the furnace heated seven times hotter than usual and commanded some of the strongest soldiers in his army to tie up Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego and throw them into the blazing furnace. So these men, wearing their robes, trousers, turbans and other clothes, were bound and thrown into the blazing furnace. The king’s command was so urgent and the furnace so hot that the flames of the fire killed the soldiers who took up Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, and these three men, firmly tied, fell into the blazing furnace. (Daniel 3:19-23)
The heat intensified, yet not one of the three abandoned their faith and worshiped the idol to avoid the flames. We encounter similar choices in our lives, probably not with a king and an actual inferno, but pressure filled choices of whether to fold and take the easier way out in favor of our comfort and security or whether to stand firm in our faith and stand firm for the truth.
The passage does not say that the three argued or bartered, defended their positions, or tried to convince the king of or his soldiers of their position. Their words would not have accomplished that, but what about their actions? It’s only the beginning of the story.
Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place. (Ephesians 6:14)
Out of all the voices reaching out to me, I will choose to listen and believe the voice of truth. -Casting Crowns