Daniel 1:7 To them the chief of the eunuchs gave names: he gave Daniel the name Belteshazzar; to Hananiah, Shadrach; to Mishael, Meshach; and to Azariah, Abed-Nego.
Nebuchadnezzar could change their names, but he couldn’t change their hearts. Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were determined to serve their God no matter the circumstance life put before them.
The king had made the call for some of Israel’s finest young men. He wanted the best and the brightest. He wanted to indoctrinate and brainwash them in the ways of Babylon. And he wanted them to abandon the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and worship the gods and the ways of Babylon.
Ancient Babylon was a wonder to behold, filled with astonishing opulence. Yet there was no reverence for the One true God. Everyone cowered in fear in the presence of King Nebuchadnezzar.
It is believed by many bible scholars that Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were between the ages of 14 and 17. They were good Jewish boys who had been raised by their parents in the way of the Lord. But the world, as they knew it, changed when they were torn from their families. They were placed in an alien culture of paganism and luxury like they had never known. They suddenly found themselves in the palace of the most powerful man on earth.
Has your world changed recently? Were you going one way only to find yourself headed in a new direction. Maybe you got a new job, and it is an entirely new world for you. The people at the new location are not supportive of your Christian values. Maybe your orders were changed and you are headed to a different city altogether.
Here is what you need to know: Wherever you go, God goes with you. He doesn’t live in one place; He is with you no matter where you go. And He has not forgotten about you. He has a plan for you.