“BUT EVEN IF HE DOESN’T…”
When we read these words together this weekend at Rock City, I was hit like a ton of bricks. This was part 2 of our series: Because Normal Isn’t Working and Chad shared, from Daniel 3, a story of abnormal faith. I had read the story of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego countless times. You might remember it too … 3 young guys, evil king with big ego, fiery furnace, etc., etc.
We can all agree that being thrown into a furnace and walking out unscathed is kind of a big deal. It’s the kind of miracle that strengthens our faith, gets us excited and helps us walk through our own trials. If God can do it for them, He can certainly get me out of this mess that I am in, or that trial you are facing. But what if He doesn’t? What if He hadn’t? What if those three young men had died in that fiery furnace King Nebuchadnezzar had prepared especially for them? Would it have changed anything?
The answer: No.
In Daniel 3: 16-18 we hear the abnormal faith of three men whose faith was not based on a miracle, a prayer or a hope but in a certainty in WHO God is.
“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 doesn’t, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of the gold you have set up.”
What they are saying is that no matter how this thing goes down, Our God is still God. I heard Beth Moore say one time, that God will either deliver us to the fire, through the fire or from the fire. I think most of my prayers are focused on God delivering me from the fire. I’d rather not even go there. Chad described it as this:
“Most of us spend the majority of our life seeking a faith that will keep us from the fire, instead of seeking a God that will be with us IN the fire.”
I also loved what he said about real faith.
“Real faith believes that God CAN, expects that God WILL, but trusts HIM even when He doesn’t.”
God, give me a “Even if you don’t” kind of faith. Help me see You in the trials that I face and help me glorify you to others as I go through the fire.