Daniel tells us of the Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar. In chapter 3, we learn the king had a 90′ image of gold constructed and that at the sound of the music, everyone was to bow down and worship the golden image. But three of the Hebrews in captivity, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, did not comply. The king was furious and warned them that if they did not worship, they would be thrown into a furnace of blazing fire.
Their reply defines courage. “If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the 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” (vv. 17-18).
Notice what I bolded above. Far too often people say things like, “I prayed to God but He did not answer my prayers. So I guess I’ll just …” We often use God as a prayer answering machine but are quick to turn our backs when He does not answer the way we would like. In contrast, the three Hebrews declared that GOD IS ABLE … BUT EVEN IF HE DOES NOT answer our prayers it will not impact our faith in Him. The lesson is clear enough!
“Lord, increase my faith. Help me trust in Your wisdom and oversee my circumstances as You see fit. Let me not waver when things get tough.”