Scripture Reading: Daniel 3:16-18
“O Nebechadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. If this be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us out of your hand, O King. But if not, be it known to you, O King, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.” (Daniel 3:16-18)
As we have seen, Shadrach, Mechach, and Abednego refused to worship the graven image that Nebuchadnezzar had built. They were committed to worship only the Lord God. They knew the Ten Commandments and were determined to have no other gods before the one, true God (the First Commandment) and not to bow down and serve any graven image (the Second Commandment). Out of their love and respect for God they committed themselves to be obedient to God. They trusted Him for the outcome no matter what it may be.
These faithful men had unconditional trust in their God. They knew that He was able to deliver them if He chose to do so. But the amazing thing is what they also told the king — “But if not, be it known to you, O King, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.” Do you see what they were saying? They were stating clearly that their faith did not depend on the outcome. If God delivered them from the fiery furnace, they would be thankful. But even if God did not choose to deliver them, they still trusted Him and were committed to being faithful to Him. Their faith was unconditional.
In his devotional for September 7th, Paul David Tripp wrote these words — “The moments when life doesn’t seem to be working as it should, the moments when you are bitterly disappointed, the moments when you have experienced loss, or the moments when unexpected trials have entered your door are not indications of the failure of God’s plan. These moments do not depict that He has forgotten you. These moments do not reveal that He is unfaithful to His promises….They are placed in our lives as tools of the ongoing work of rescuing, transforming and delivering grace. They are in our lives because the God we serve esteems holiness more than He esteems our temporal happiness” (Paul David Tripp, New Morning Mercies).
When God doesn’t answer our prayers as we would want Him to, we can still trust Him. He does not cease to love us; He is working His grace out in us. We are called to an unconditional trust in our Savior who loves us and gave Himself for us.
Lord Jesus, I know that I can trust You no matter what. I can trust You through the good times and through the difficult times. When I don’t get the answers to my prayers that I desire, I still can trust You, for You always know what is best for me. You have shown me how much You love me by giving Yourself as a ransom for me. Grant me grace to trust You unconditionally, no matter what I am facing.
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