A Thought For Your Christian Journey:
But If Not . . .
16 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
thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.
This last Sunday evening we had the privilege of
hearing Dr. Chelli speak from Daniel three on Shadrach, Meshach, and
Abednego. As he was
speaking it occurred to me again that their answer to Nebuchadnezzar
teaches us volumes about how we ought to view and respond to the worst
of situations. Certainly,
these three men were in the worst possible situation.
They faced an egotistical tyrant who was so proud that he erected
a monstrous image of himself and demanded that everyone bow down to it
and worship it. Yet, Daniel
and these three Hebrews refused to submit to such blatant idolatry.
They would worship the Lord God Almighty and Him alone.
King Nebuchadnezzar gave them a second chance before
he rendered his verdict but these three remained faithful to Jehovah
God. They said, “If
it be so, our God whom
we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, . . .”
They essentially said, If it’s God’s will, He can deliver us from
this furnace. What really
grabs my attention here is that these three men had not received any
sure Word from God; there is no indication of any dream vision on the
preceding night, nothing about any angelic messenger declaring their
specific revelation of insuing deliverance is granted in any way.
Sounds a lot like many of the situations we find ourselves in,
Yet, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego stand firm in
their faith and still obey God faithfully.
All these three needed to determine to be faithful were the
commands that they had already been given by God as written in the
revealed Word of God. Their
faithfulness was not mere sham it was real and sincere.
How sincere was their faith?
It was fiery firm and sure, tested by literal fire.
These three went to the oven in
their faith. They did not
need a supernatural intervention from God to remain faithful to Him,
they were faithful regardless.
They even said, “But if
not, . . .,” thus revealing that even if they were to perish in the
furnace, they would go in faithfulness.
How about you?
Do you trust God enough, that if you must say, “But
if not, . . .” you too will be faithful to your Heavenly Father and
your Lord Jesus Christ? I
pray you do!
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