“Now if you are ready, at the moment you hear the sound of the horn, flute, lyre, trigon, psaltery and bagpipe and all kinds of music, to fall down and worship the image that I have made, very well. But if you do not worship, you will immediately be cast into the midst of a furnace of blazing fire; and what god is there who can deliver you out of my hands?”
Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego replied to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to give you an answer concerning this matter. If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the furnace of blazing fire; and He will deliver us out of your hand, O king. But even if He does not, let it be known to you, O king, that we are not going to serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.” ~Daniel 3:15-18
While this is a dramatic scene of life and death, we are not unlike these three men. We stand before ourselves in the mirror, covered in worry, doubt, fear and frustration, and still the question comes up: What if God lets me go through this and it's nothing but pain and humiliation?
Faith is "even if".
These men where going to be burned alive for not bowing down, and the king was giving them a second chance to escape the fire by asking them the question, "Who will deliver you from my decision?"
Standing firm in their faith, they knew their God was able to deliver them, knew the power of whom they served, and they still said, "Even if He does not." They were willing to suffer and die in humble obedience that there is no name above God's name.
May that be our prayer at all times, no matter who or what we face. "If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the furnace of blazing fire; and He will deliver us out of your hand, O king. But even if He does not, let it be known to you, O king, that we are not going to serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.”
For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. ~Philippians 1:21
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