Now when you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipe and all kinds of music, if you are ready to fall down and worship the image I made, very good. But if you do not worship it, you will be thrown immediately into a blazing furnace. Then what god will be able to rescue you from my hand?” Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to him, “King 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 deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.” (Daniel 3:15-18 NIV)
As I read these verses this morning something interesting stood out to me:
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego let their actions speak louder than their words. Verse 16 says, “Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to him, ‘King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter.'” Rather than giving King Nebuchadnezzar a long spill about what they believed, these three men said, “If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the furnace of blazing fire.” They stayed calm and trusted that God would protect them.