From the archives of Oral RobertsThird of three parts

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego ― three young Hebrew men ― had fallen captive to the crack legions of Nebuchadnezzar as they swept across the hot burning sands of the desert and conquered Jerusalem. Now, the three Hebrews stood in Babylon … and the music began to play. Around them, people fell low to worship the king. But Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego remained standing.

The powerful King Nebuchadnezzar had ordered that when the music played, every person was to bow in worship to the great ten-story golden image of himself.

But Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego had heard the orders the King of kings had said, “You shall worship no other gods before me.” (See Exodus 20:3–5.)

They came face to face with an inescapable law of life: your faith is going to be tested. Somehow you will be asked to bow in worship to something other than God. You will stand in faith, or you will bow in compromise.

“Bow, or burn in my furnace,” said Nebuchadnezzar, mortal king of the world’s systems.

“Don’t bow, and live with me forever, away from the burning fires of hell,” says God Almighty, eternal King of heaven and earth.

Friend, your real testimony of faith is what you DO in those moments of fiery trial. When the call comes to bow, choose to stand!

I encourage you today as the apostle Paul encouraged the Philippians: “Stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved” (Philippians 4:1).