Do you melt in the heat of persecution or remain firm in faith unto God?
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter. If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up. Then was Nebuchadnezzar full of fury, and the form of his visage was changed against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego: therefore he spake, and commanded that they should heat the furnace one seven times more than it was wont to be heated. (Daniel 3:16-19 KJV)
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, also more commonly known as Daniel and his two Jewish friends, answered King Nebuchadnezzar straightforward and to the point. They remained steadfast and stoic in their faith in God as the king threatened to place them in way of harm for refusing his orders. This threat did nothing to break their steadfast approach in refusing the King’s orders. In limited human reasoning this refusal to accept his request to turn form God left them open to certain harm at the cruel hands of King Nebuchadnezzar and his minions.
The three Jewish young men understood the power and strength of God. They believed in their heart that God would preserve and protect them, delivering them from the cruel hands of this king, but even if God chose not to save them from harm, they still would not appease the king by bowing down to his golden idols and ungodly ways despite any earthly consequences they may face.
This infuriated the king straightway and he ordered the three Jewish young men to be placed in the furnace which the king commanded was to be set seven times hotter than it would normally be heated for normal use.
Man who serves God upon this earth always faces discrimination and persecution at the hands of evil men who serve the god of this world; but God always preserves those who serve Him through faith according to His will and way.