Dan 3:16-18&25 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego answered and said to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. 17 If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king. 18 But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up.” 25 “Look!” he answered, “I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire; and they are not hurt, and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.”
We can see throughout scriptures godly men and women who did not bow down to the idols because of pressure from the higher authorities. One such example is Shadrach Meshach and Abed Nego. When king Nebuchadnezzar formed an idol with gold, he ordered everyone in his province should bow down before this idol, no exceptions. If anyone who do not worship the idol, they would be thrown into the furnace of fire. These three men did not obey this order. The order is from the king’s authority, the pressure is high. Those who stood beside must have said ‘it is just a statue, why can’t you bow down before it even though you do not sincerely do it; God only sees your heart!’ However, these three men did not want to please the king or his command or to compromise themselves. Why? Because they are very zealous for the LORD God Almighty. They want to obey His fist commandment that was given to them through Moses. This shows how they loved God even to their death. When they were given another chance to save their life, they did not fell for that snare either. This shows their steadfastness in what they believe. They were thrown into the fire, but what happened, God’s power manifested in the furnace in front of the king and all who saw that incident. Jesus said in Luke 17:33 “Whoever seeks to save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it.” If we take this as the foundation of our love and faith towards our God and our Lord, then we should be ready to stand up against any pressures or compromise that is arising in our midst and churches. Sometimes having faith only in heart won’t cut out. Faith without works is dead. When we really love our God and obey His commandments then our faith will be tested. When it is tested then we should stand steadfastly in the Lord to overcome all enemy’s pressures and compromise. If we do this then we can see the power of God manifested even when we walk through persecution or furnace of fire.