Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered King Nebuchadnezzar, “Your threat means nothing to us. If you throw us in the fire, the God we serve can rescue us from your roaring furnace and anything else you might cook up, O king. But even if he doesn’t, it wouldn’t make a bit of difference, O king. We still wouldn’t serve your gods or worship the gold statue you set up.”
(Daniel 3:16-18 MSG)
When King Nebuchadnezzar threatened to throw the three Hebrews in the fiery furnace if they didn’t bow down to the statue he had set up, they were not at all scared. They were willing to accept the fact that God might or might not rescue them, and if He didn’t, they still wouldn’t bow down to the king’s expectations.
I just love their attitude. I’ve come to a point in my life where I, too, am willing to accept the fact that God might or might not do something for me and if He doesn’t, I still wouldn’t bow down to peer pressure. Someone once said that if you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything. Knowing the God we serve can help us stay true to our convictions, even while everyone else is going with the flow.
“Do not go with the flow. Be the flow.” – Elif Shafak