We Are Not Careful

I think that just about every Sunday School child knows the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who refused to bow down and worship the huge golden image that King Nebuchadnezzar had made. The alternative, of course, was being burned alive in the fiery furnace. When they refused, they were brought before the King, and I think that their first statement gives us a look at their Godly perspective. They said, "We are not careful to answer thee in this matter."
Perhaps one might think that we should slow down, be careful, and make sure that we are doing right. That is not really what they were saying here. They absolutely WERE doing right. To be careful in those circumstances puts one in more danger of compromise; instead, you should run, not walk, toward the light of God's Word.
More than not being "careful" as we often think of it, however, it seems that there were a couple of things that they were stating:
1) They were not full of care about this. They knew what was right. They knew that it was in God's hands. They were at peace with it.
2) A debate was not necessary. They were determined to do what was right. They king was determined to do what was wrong. Their position was clear and settled and no discussion was necessary.
We should have the same resolve when faced with life's obstacles. There is no need to hesitate. There is not need to be overcome with care. There is no need for discussion. Let's just do what is right, regardless of the opposition.
(Daniel 3:16-18) "Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter. (17) If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. (18) But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve t hy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up."