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“What Would You Do?
Daniel 3:6 NIV
“Whoever does not fall down and worship will immediately be thrown into a blazing furnace.”
The past few Sundays our pastor has been going through Daniel and as he shared Sunday morning, I was convicted of so many instances of my life where I have given in and compromised to go along with the crowd. I tend to think of the show “What Would You Do?” that has been on ABC in the past. My family and I have enjoyed many episodes of this in the past. If you’re not familiar with it, scenarios are set up with actors and then others who have no idea what’s going on are surrounded with the feeling of “What am I going to do”?
It’s very interesting to see what people will do in situations that make them uncomfortable. Unlike this show, oftentimes in life we are faced with situations that come up that are real and people get very pushy to try getting us to do things we shouldn’t do. Peer pressure isn’t just for young people growing up. Adults struggle with this all too often as well. Actually, it doesn’t matter what age you are, it’s tough to go against the flow.
What would you do if you were faced with a blazing furnace and were told to bow down to a statue or you will die? That’s pretty blunt! Either fall down and worship this idol or lose your life. However, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego did not give in and they stayed strong.
I know I’ve written about this story in the past, but it came back to me. I think about how so often it’s hard for me to stand up for what’s right because it REALLY makes you stand out in the crowd.
We have to really ask ourselves what is more important, obeying man or God? When faced with certain situations, it’s downright hard to be different. Our face may turn pale and we may feel lightheaded just with the situation at hand. It’s uncomfortable! However, God often asks us to go against the flow and be strong, just as these 3 men were. They were faithful and would not go with the flow. Their faithfulness paid off and God was praised!
Ask yourself, “What Would I Do?” How would you react? It’s not something we need to get all freaked out about and scared about it happening, but we do need to be prepared and ask God to give us wisdom whatever situation might arise. We need to be prepared and pray for constant guidance to be a light when we get surrounded by darkness.
It’s in these situations where we have an amazing opportunity to be a light for God!