This week I want to start off with some verses, The third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it. And the Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, with some of the vessels of the house of God. And he brought them to the land of Shinar, to the house of his god, and placed the vessels in the treasury of his god. Then the king commanded Ashpenaz, his chief eunuch, to bring some of the people of Israel, both of the royal family and of the nobility, youths without blemish, of good appearance and skillful in all wisdom, endowed with knowledge, understanding learning, and competent to stand in the king’s palace, and to teach them the literature and language of the Chaldeans. The king assigned them a daily portion of the food that the king ate, and of the wine that he drank. They were to be educated for three years, and at the end of that time they were to stand before the king. Among these were Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah of the tribe of Judah. And the chief of the eunuchs gave them names: Daniel he called Belteshazzar, Hananiah he called Shadrach, Mishael he called Meshach, and Azariah he called Abednego. Daniel 1:1-7 This week I want to talk about Shadrach, Mishach, and Abednego. These men were taken into captivity at a young age, from their home to go to a distant land to serve a king to whom they were not loyal. But because they knew the King of the Universe they were able to handle the situation. They did not conform to the king’s rules and did not forget where they came from. They were going to obey God’s laws, even if it meant they would face certain death, so they trusted in God to bring them through it. In this new land they were given new names, now very few people would even remember their original names. So that raises the question, does that mean what you are feeling is holding you back? These things that happen that are out of your control or the things that are in your control, that you feel are giving you a new name, they could be just the things that make you remembered. An example to others, but more importantly they could be the things that God uses you the most through. Take Jacob as an example his name meant follower or holder of the heel. Sometimes it can feel like those things that are out of our control are dragging us through the mud. But God changed Jacob’s name to Israel which means one who struggles and overcomes. We know Jacob struggled with things throughout his life, like the night God gave him his new name, when Jacob fought God all night. So this week no matter if you feel captive in a distant land or you are back in your home land with your family remember no matter where you are you can be an example for others or show the light of Jesus.