Ultimate Faith

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 3:16-1816 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.” 

Thanks to Dana Burkey for Photo of Path at Torrey Pines

Thanks to Dana Burkey for Photo of Path at Torrey Pines

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?



Filed under Leadership in the Bible

3 responses to “Ultimate Faith

  1. Hi Richard,

    In the NKJV, Daniel 3:16-18 reads: Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego answered and said to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. 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.”

    I interpret that reading of “But if not” to refer to what Nebuchadnezzar threatened. He said if you don’t bow down, you’ll be thrown in the fire, which is that to which “If that is the case” refers. “But if not” then means if he doesn’t throw them in the fire. Thus, they never doubted God would save them. “He will deliver us from your hand, O king.” And to me, that’s an even stronger faith.

    A no-matter-what-the-consequences-may-be faith is amazing, but a no-doubt-about-it faith is even more powerful.

    Blessings & Joy,


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