"Then Nebuchadnezzar spake, and said, Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who hath sent his angel, and delivered his servants that trusted in him, and have changed the king's word, and yielded their bodies, that they might not serve nor worship any god, except their own God. Therefore I make a decree, That every people, nation, and language, which speak any thing amiss against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, shall be cut in pieces, and their houses shall be made a dunghill: because there is no other God that can deliver after this sort. Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, in the province of Babylon." (Daniel 3:28-30)
The king's response to this miracle was one of humility. He could have chosen to resist the authority which he had witnessed; but instead, he chose to bow the knee to it. Perhaps Nebuchadnezzar's humble response was one reason why God was so longsuffering with this particular king.
In the end, the actions of these three men brought glory to God. This is as it should be. The believer's deeds should lead others to glorify God. When a believer's way of life leads others to distrust the genuine nature of Christianity, that individual is not living a Spirit-filled life.
The king declared that Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah had done three things. They trusted, they changed, and they yielded. They forsook the fear of man and placed their full trust in the Lord. This, in turn, gave them the courage to change the king's word. Such was not a gesture of disrespect. They simply fulfilled the heart of what Peter said when he told the Jewish leadership, "We ought to obey God rather than men (Acts 5:29)." Lastly, they fully yielded their bodies to God, realizing that the destruction of the flesh is no threat to the man who is safe in the arms of Jesus Christ. This same mindset is what will aid the believer in overcoming the assaults of Satan during the Great Tribulation. Concerning this battle between God's saints and the powers of darkness, Revelation 12:11 says, "And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death." They loved not their lives! For the believer, death is nothing more than the door through which he enters in order to be with the Father. If a believer is not walking in the Spirit, he will soon forget the comfort of this truth, and he will fail to yield himself as he should to God's service. The unregenerate fear death and rightly so, but God's people should not live in the bondage of such things, because they have been liberated by the blood of Christ, as Hebrews 2:14-15 testifies, "Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, [Christ] also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage." When a professing Christian lives in fear of death, it can mean one of two things; either he is living in a spiritually depressed condition apart from the Spirit's filling, or he is not experiencing the assurance of the Spirit because he is not truly saved. It is time for God's people to love their Master more than their flesh. It is time to shift the focus from the temporal to the eternal. It is time to cease being enamored with the treasures of this world and "...lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal (Matthew 6:20)."