But even if he doesn’t, we want to make it clear to you, Your Majesty, that we will never serve your gods or worship the gold statue you have set up. – Daniel 3:18
The king of Babylon had built a statue of himself and ordered everyone in his kingdom to bow down and worship his image at the sounding of the instruments meant to signify the set times of worship. There were among his royal advisers three Jewish young men who refused to bow to the statue. Because of their insolence, fellow astrologers went to the king and informed him of their rebellion. The king then had the three Jews thrown into a fiery furnace that was heated seven times hotter than normal. When thrown into the flames, they didn’t burn or were not even singed. They had told the king that they would not bow down to anyone but the God of heaven, the true living God. Also, they told him that God could rescue them, but should that not happen, they would still not defile themselves by worshiping any God but Jehovah!
Where is this level of determination and boldness for God in America today? It doesn’t exist. It had better though and very soon. People, it’s time to examine ourselves in the light of God’s Word and make the determination today, as did Daniel and his relatives, to stand strong for the LORD even in the face of death. The day is coming, and most likely under the reign of the next US President (2013-2016) that your “religious” freedom to openly worship the God of heaven’s armies is coming to an end. The day quickly approaches where you will be faced with imprisonment or even death right here in the “good ol’ US of A” and have to make the same decision these three young men made.
What is that decision? It is “will you bow to the god(s) of government or stand strong for the God of gods, King of kings, and Lord of lords?” They chose God over their very lives. Are you in the position spiritually to make that decision and stand by it and not bow to satan? You may have allowed the gods of government to creep into your life and not even know it? On whom do you rely for your subsistence? God or the government? For whom will you stand and to whom will you bow? The test of your faith is coming soon! Be prepared to give an answer!
Father, I know that the day is coming quickly when people will be put to the real test of their faith that may result in imprisonment or death. I pray to you that your people will prepare themselves mentally and spiritually to face that day and be able to stand as did the three Jewish young men when faced with the flames of the pit. They stood strong for You and refused to give you up! May that resolve dwell within all your people. The underground church around the globe faces that challenge daily. When that same challenge hits America’s shores, I weep for those that think they are Christians but will turn out to be goats separated on the left hand and will succumb to and give themselves over to satan for a mere morsel of bread! Have mercy on us, oh God of heaven and LORD of heaven’s armies! I love you! In Jesus’ name, Amen.