Focus Verse: 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. (28)
Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego did not need King Nebuchadnezzar to give them a second chance. Their minds were already made up. As we read in the first chapter of this book, these three boys and Daniel had already resolved in their minds and purposed in their hearts that they would remain faithful to God. If He delivered them out of the fiery furnace, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego would serve Him. If He did not deliver them out of the fiery furnace, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego would still serve Him.
At first, Nebuchadnezzar was angered by their unwavering commitment and devoted belief, but then he became impressed. We should live out our faith in such a way that even unbelievers have to proclaim, “How great is our God!”
Focus Verse: Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and exalt and glorify the King of heaven, because everything he does is right and all his ways are just. And those who walk in pride he is able to humble. (37)
It certainly sounds like Nebuchadnezzar became a believer in the one true God. Perhaps this would not have been the case if Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, had not been faithful living witnesses before him. No doubt, they had some positive impression on Nebuchadnezzar. Our verbal faith and our faith in action can move even prosperous and powerful people to acknowledge that God is the King of heaven, everything He does is right and just.
Focus Verse: It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, (12)
This is what our salvation has empowered us to do. Because Jesus the Christ lives inside of us, we are able to reject ungodliness and worldly evil. We can boldly live self-controlled, upright and godly lives because of the grace of God. The death of His Son has redeemed us from all wickedness and purified us to do good works.