ave you ever been tempted to do something even though you knew it is wrong? It doesn’t seem so bad when everyone else is doing it, does it? You might feel really weird if you are the only one doing the right thing. It can be easier if you have a friend—or two—to do the right thing with you. There is a story in the Bible about three friends, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. Together, these friends did the right thing!
This is what the Bible says about these three friends in Daniel 3:28, “Then Nebuchadnezzar said, ‘Praise to the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego! He sent his angel to rescue his servants who trusted in him. They defied the king’s command and were willing to die rather than serve or worship any god except their own God.’”
Once, long ago, King Nebuchadnezzar built a huge golden statue of himself. He thought that he was very important. He wanted everyone in his kingdom to bow down and worship the statue. Well, most of the people did just that. Whenever the music played, the people bowed down and worshipped the giant golden statue of King Nebuchadnezzar.
Except for our three friends! Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego would only worship God, the true God in Heaven, and not a statue. They refused to bow down. This made King Nebuchadnezzar very angry, and he ordered them to be thrown into a hot fiery furnace. The three friends were very brave. They said, “If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve can save us.” The king ordered the furnace to be made extra hot, and the three men were thrown into the flames.
Then the king was surprised! Inside the flames, he could see four men—not three! It was Jesus walking in the fire with them, keeping them safe. Suddenly, the king wasn’t angry anymore, and he called them out of the furnace. Our three friends were not hurt. They didn’t even smell like smoke!
King Nebuchadnezzar said, “Praise to the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego.” Wow! Together our friends did the right thing and it all worked out for the best—and God was honored by their actions.
Today, be sure to choose friends who will stand with you when you do the right thing. The right friends will make each day a wonderful new day—a new day with Jesus!