Today’s reading is Daniel 3-7 and Psalm 146.
Those who grew up in Church are very familiar with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abendego, and not just because of the Veggie Tales adaptation. As children, we were encouraged to have faith like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abendego and put our faith in God above all else. Such a daunting and yet easy task for a seven year old.
One aspect of this story that is often not stressed or conveyed well is their trust in God went beyond being saved.
Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to him, “King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”Daniel 3:16-18
I have lots of faith in God. I have faith that He will deliver us. But I don’t believe that means everything in the here and now will be okay in the way I define “okay.” Regardless of how a situation turns out, if God answers my prayers or not, I will continue to follow and worship Him.
For many, unanswered prayers, or prayers answered in ways not asked, is reason to distrust God or give up on their faith all together. But Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego show us that the strength of one’s faith is not and should not depend on the quantity or quality of God’s response to a prayer. Our faith is to be aware of what God is able to do, not for us to predict or expect what God will do.
In this past year, there have been many “predictions” and “expectations” of what God is going to do. What God is going to do in regards to Covid. What God will do in regards to the election.
But that isn’t the mentality we should take. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego said, “God is able to deliver” but they also said, “but even if He does not.” We need to have this dual attitude as well when it comes to our prayer and what we hope God will do. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego knew God is great and that He does great things. They also knew that God’s plans were greater than them being saved in a fiery furnace.
What if this new year you took on the attitude of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego and instead of expecting, predicting, or insisting that God would act in a particular way, know that God is able but even if He does not, that He is still is good, great, and God.
Join me in finishing this year by reading through the Bible through a Psalm a Day. Find my reading plan here.
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