One of my favorite Bible stories as a kid was the three Hebrew children in the fiery furnace. It's a classic. And let's be honest, we love that southern gospel song that mentions the fourth man in the fire.
What intrigues me isn't that they survived the fire. It's not even the "fourth man" part. As amazing as this miracle is, my attention is on a couple verses before they were thrown in. They said:
If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king. But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up. Daniel 3:17-18 NKJV
Just to be clear, it's the "But if not, let it be know..." part that amazes me.
They wanted the king to know that their God could save them, but even if He chose not to He was still their God.
Even if He chose not to. Let that sink in.
There is a generation coming up whose dedication to God is based off Him doing what they want Him to do. They feel like prayer, fasting, and attending services has earned them answered prayers. They get mad at God when they don't get what they want.
In their head the roles have reversed, and God is suppose to serve them.
My mind can't help but go to the early church martyrs. Men and women were put in arenas wearing animal skins. They would continually call out for the mercy of God, while wild beast devoured them.
They didn't get what they wanted, but He was still their God.
Today God is looking for faithfulness. He is looking for those who will serve Him, even when life doesn't make sense. Even when the sickness doesn't go away. Even when they don't get that job or raise. Even when they are treated poorly.
Let it be known, no matter what comes He is still my God.
Written by April Pruett