The richness of their response to Nebuchadnezzer in Daniel 3:17 – 18 is legend. God can save us. He may not. That does not matter. We will not worship your image.
One does not make that decision in the moment. It was made before. The three friends were committed to God, period. They had made that decision earlier. Demonstrated by their desire not to defile themselves in the first chapter.
We may not yet be under persecution. If not at some point we will be. In order to pass that test, the decision to stand firm has to be made before the experience. The enemy is evil and creative. He will do heinous things to get us to turn on Christ. A weak, shallow faith may not handle the test. Mark 4:1 – 20 alludes to that.
Before the test we need to strengthen our relationship with Christ. We have to come to the point where we know without a doubt that He is Lord. That our life is His. That we will stand strong.
Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day. Those who went through those death camps endured unimaginable cruelty. If you and I are faced with that if we do not renounce Christ, what would we do?
At the gate of the camp, it may be too late to prepare.