“Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter.”
You can’t serve God without being attacked by the Devil. It cannot happen that you can please the LORD with your life and not have to endure Satan’s attack. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego learned this like every other great saint of God had to learn it through the fire that Nebuchadnezzar had prepared for those who would not bow down to his golden image. However, these three men taught the believer how to withstand the Devil’s fire without changing. Yes, the fire changed them, but it changed them to be more like God. These three men displayed seven actions that you must do if you are going to withstand the Devil’s fire.
The first action is standing. In verse 12, you find these men standing when everyone else bowed to the golden image. Standing for right has never been popular, and standing for right often makes you to have to stand alone; however, if you are not willing to stand and stand alone, you will never successfully withstand the Devil’s fire.
The second action is to trust. In the verse above, the three men were not careful to answer Nebuchadnezzar because they trusted God over man. At some point, you are going to have to trust that God is right and man is wrong. At some point, you must stop straddling the fence and trust that God and His way are right if you want to withstand the Devil’s fire.
The third action is courage. The greatest words of courage are found in verse 17 when these men said, “If it be so…” They were saying that if they were going to be thrown into the fire, they still would not change. Whatever happened to the courageous believer who was not afraid to stand for right in public. It takes courage to withstand the Devil’s fire. There are going to be times when you have to tell your friends, family and acquaintances that no matter what they do to you that you are going to stand for right.
The fourth action is perspective. These men knew that they served God, and you will never withstand the Devil’s fire until you have the right perspective that you are serving God and not man. Having the right perspective of serving God is the only thing that will give you the courage to withstand the Devil’s fire.
The fifth action is faith. These men had the faith that God would deliver them. You must have faith that God can deliver you through whatever fire the Devil throws at you. If you lose your perspective of God, you will also lose your faith that He can deliver you through the Devil’s fire.
The sixth action is withstanding. These men said, “…but if not…” You are going to have to be willing to resist the temptation to give in even if it means you must go through the fire. You cannot be afraid to go through the fire of Satan’s attacks and successfully serve God at the same time. You must be willing to withstand when standing is not enough.
The seventh action is surrender. These men were willing to yield their bodies to the fire for the sake of doing right. Those whom God uses the greatest are those who set no boundaries to what they will do or endure for doing right. If you want God to use you, you must remove the boundaries and be willing to do anything, endure anything, and go anywhere for Him.