Daniel 3:17-18 “If this is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us from your hand, O king. But if not, let it be known to you. O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up.”

There is a very popular saying which goes: “If you go to Rome, do what the Romans do”. In effect, you must always conform to the norms of any place you may find yourself. Though this saying might be true as per worldly standards, it is not so for you the believer. When you do as the Romans do when in Rome, you are simply conforming to the standards of the place and not living by godly standards. That was the situation Meshach, Shadrach and Abednego found themselves in when they were slaves in Babylon. There was an order for each and every one to bow down and worship the golden image made by King Nebuchadnezzar. Instead of bowing down to the golden image, they refused by telling the king that they would not bow down to any other god aside the God of Israel. Irrespective of the consequence of being thrown into the burning fiery furnace, they were prepared to defy the order of the king. There was no way they were going to conform to the standards of the king by bowing down to any golden image. They were not prepared to do as the Romans do, but rather, do what believers do. They were very bold and resolute not to conform, and not even the threat of death by being burnt alive could scare them. You should never forget that God’s standard for righteous living does not change as per the geographical location or working environment. The fact that Meshach, Shadrach and Abednego were slaves on a foreign land did not mean that they should conform to worshipping an idol instead of the God who created the heavens and the earth. We shall continue tomorrow.

Confession for Today

I decree and declare that I will always remain resolute in my faith and not conform to the standards of this world in the mighty name of Jesus.

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