The other day our almost 10 year old, Abigail, proudly told me of a lesson she'd just learned in school. The story was from Daniel 3 where Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego were about to be thrown into a fiery furnace because they refused to worship the kings idol. Hebrews 11:34 even records this story in a chapter where only people of strong faith are mentioned.
Daniel 3:17 states a bold declaration that their God could and WOULD rescue them from the hand of the king. But what about verse 18 which starts with "but if He doesn't..."? "But" is not a faith word. So, were they truly confident in God's ability to save them if they were also entertaining the possibility that God might not save them?
The take away point from Abigail's Bible teacher was that we should trust God to help us, but if He doesn't, we still love him and serve him. That just didn't sit right with me... If we are trusting God 100% to help us and deliver us; then isn't saying "but if He doesn't" giving God a back door to not be the God that He says He is?
With God, all things are possible (Luke 1:37). With God, no mistakes happen. With God, He does what He says. So did those 3 Hebrew men really think there was a possibility that God wouldn't come through that time? God sure had a lot of experience in the Old Testament dealing with water but maybe not as much with fire?
Psalm 34:7 AMP says the Lord rescues those who worship Him. Psalm 34:19 AMP says when the righteous call, God rescues them from ALL their troubles. David, the shepherd boy, had similar faith when he boldly declared to King Saul that his God WOULD deliver him out of the hand of the Philistine.
Paul, in 2 Corinthians 1:8-10 stated that even if he and Timothy died from the trouble they were going through, God would raise them from the dead! That's bold! So back to Daniel 3:18, the 3 Hebrews were saying that even if the fire killed them, God would raise them from the dead and they STILL wouldn't worship that statute!
They wouldn't have repeated that they wouldn't worship the false gods if they thought they might be dead for good. No... They believed that somehow God would deliver them and life after the fiery furnace would still not include idol worship.
The way to grow into this kind of faith is to have 100% confidence in what God says He will do. So many believers aren't sure of what God will do because they haven't taken time to get into His word to find that out. I love how God reveals who He is through His word. Let's not settle for a "but if God doesn't" mentality when we can know from His word exactly what He will do for us. :)