Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego replied, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God whom we serve is able to save us. He will rescue us from your power, Your Majesty. But even if he doesn’t, we want to make it clear to you, Your Majesty, that we will never serve your gods or worship the gold statue you have set up.” (Daniel 3:16-18)
Daniel’s friends are forced to choose between bowing down to the King’s gods or worshiping the true God. Notice how they answer the King’s threat to throw them into the fire: they say that they know God has the power to rescue them, but even if He does not save them, they will still be faithful and worship Him alone.
Often when we pray we can easily trust in the answers to our prayers rather than trusting in the One we are praying to. We want to pray for specific outcomes in faith that Jesus is able to do anything. However, our trust needs to be in the Lord Himself so that we believe His will for us is good and we surrender the situation into His hands. Our faith needs to believe that He is King, He is with us, He is for us, and He holds us in love eternally — so whatever happens, we will trust Him and follow Him.
There was no “if” in Daniel and his friend’s faith. They were faithful and would put their whole trust in their God. In our hearts we so often pray “I will trust you if….” We need to ask the Holy Spirit to give us the kind of faith that does not depend on the outcomes or our circumstances, but simply prays “ I will hope in you, I will trust in you alone.”
The fire was not taken away, but God sent an angel to be with Daniel’s friends in it, and they were saved. And to you Jesus promises that even if you go through the fire, He will be with you. You are still His own.
Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have summoned you by name; you are mine….
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze. (Isaiah 43:1-2)