Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to the king, "O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and he will rescue us from your hand, O king. But even if he does not, we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up."
Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego knowing that even though they couldn't see the whole picture, whatever the outcome was... it would be for the glory of the God that they knew intimately and loved. Even when facing death, they stood to their convictions. Whether or not God would save them, they knew He would use it to further His kingdom. It didn't matter whether it impacted a nation or just a few people. This testimony would be used regardless and so they stepped out in blind faith, standing only on God's word. Fortunately God's plan was to supernaturally intervened and they were saved!
The impact was probably more than they could have ever imagined. It says in verses 28 and 29: Then Nebuchadnezzar said, "Praise be to the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who has sent his angel and rescued his servants! They trusted in him and defied the king's command and were willing to give up their lives rather than serve or worship any god except their own God.
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