The attitude of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego recognized the fact that God is worthy of all praise and honor regardless of whether or not he physically rescues His people from earthly struggles or not. In other words, these men were determined to only worship God even if that worship brought about their physical death. Thus, our worship of God cannot be based upon what God can do for us, withhold from us, or rescue us from. Rather we honor God as the only one worthy of our worship because, among other things, He alone offers salvation through Jesus Christ. Moreover, that offer of salvation does not change based upon our current situation. Therefore, believers today must arm themselves with the same attitude present in Daniel 3:17-18. We must stand up for the things of God despite the negative repercussions that may come our way. Moreover, this decision to stand in the face of punishment is a decision one must settle now before the threat of punishment is at hand. We must understand that God Almighty has the ability to save us from destruction but saving us from persecution may not be God's will. Therefore, we must serve, honor, and worship God alone even if His plan is not to miraculously save us from suffering for our faith in Him. Again, in order to stand in the face of ungodliness, we must determine in our hearts that honoring God is of a higher priority than our very lives.
James Christopher Powell has served as assistant minister in Northwest Florida for ten years.
He studies at The Baptist College of Florida where he is working on a Master's degree in Christians Studies.
He married his wife Jennifer in March 2014.