16 Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego replied to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to give you an answer concerning this matter. 17 If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the furnace of blazing fire; and He will deliver us out of your hand, O king. 18 But even if He does not, let it be known to you, O king, that we are not going to serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.” (Daniel 3:16-18)
These were young men who had been raised Jewish in Israel who had been captured and sent to Babylon by the king some years prior. What bravery, devotion and courage they showed king Nebuchadnezzar as they stood firm in who they were, and in whom they served. Four important things happened in this verse – They told the king their God needed no defense from them. They believed that their God would save them, but they also trusted in God’s sovereignty to do as He saw fit. Whatever His will was they were determined to follow it to the end. And finally, they stood by their beliefs, and they said no we will not worship your gods.