Reading through the Bible this year led me to Daniel 3, and the story of what is to me: “Ultimate Faith”.
Daniel 3 is the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. King Nebuchadnezzar (who makes Donald Trump look humble) has built a gold statue, and when the music plays, all people are to bow down and worship the statue. That is except for Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.
When Nebuchadnezzar fines, he goes ballistic. He has some serious anger management issues. He threatens to throw them into the fire. He even gives them another chance to reconsider their options. The original turn and burn choice to be made.
Here comes the ultimate faith response of these 3 great men of faith in Daniel 3:16-18: 16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered, “Your Majesty, we will not try to defend ourselves.17 If the God whom we serve is able to save us from the blazing furnace and from your power, then he will.18 But even if he doesn’t, Your Majesty may be sure that we will not worship your god, and we will not bow down to the gold statue that you have set up.”
It’s one thing to believe God when He acts to save you, when He affirms the good choice you have made, when you do what He commands. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego pick it up a notch. Look at the 1st five words of verse 18: “But even if he doesn’t.” They will believe no matter what. No matter how hot Nebuchadnezzar makes the fire. No matter if their death is the end result. These 3 are sticking with God. For me it is one of the greatest expressions of faith in God in all of the Bible.
Turns out that with these 3, there is a 4th one in the fire, One who is with us in the fire of life. Powerful tyrant anger management needing kings of the earth do not have the final word, the King of Kings does. Never let go of that faith.
What Bible story inspires your faith to stick with God in those “even if” moments of life?