But Even If He Does Not (Daniel 3)

All of us are going to come to it one day- the moment when you realize that there’s been a line drawn in the sand. If you cross over it, there will be no going back. You had better be right.

I had a moment like this a few years back when I was pregnant with my third child. After two devastating miscarriages, I was told at my first doctor appointment that something was very, very wrong with this one. A few days later, our specialist confirmed that this baby was “incompatible with life.”

To say that this was the most emotionally, spiritually and physically draining nine months that I have ever experienced would be a severe understatement. There were moments of sheer panic, of terror, and confusion with God, whom I truly believed was fully able to heal by child might choose not to.

The whole experience felt like a spiritual battle for my mind.

One day, I was swimming laps at the gym crying my eyes out as I begged God, for the forty-seven billionth time, to heal my baby.

I got out of the pool and got into the shower to wash the chlorine out of my hair. I was so, so tired.

I finally lay my head against the stone wall of the shower and quoted these verses from the book of Daniel- out loud at the public gym- “We do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and He will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. But even if He does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.” (Dan. 3:16-18)

“But even if He does not…”

Those are some of the most difficult and powerful words that we will ever say when we are facing disastrous circumstances. Every ounce of our flesh will fight against them, because they mean that we are really, truly, setting our lives- and sometimes the lives of people whom we love more than we love ourselves- in the hands of God.

When Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego first said those words thousands of years ago, they were standing in front of a man who may well have been the most powerful monarch who ever lived. (King Nebuchadnezzar had autocratic control of his kingdom, which meant that his word was the law, but he was not subject to the law.) There would be no “due process” for them if they disobeyed the king.

When they uttered that brave statement, they opened the door for God to supernaturally rescue them in a way that nobody saw coming. Truthfully, quoting those words over our circumstances just might do the same thing for us.

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Reading Plan- Week Thirty-Seven

Day One- Ezekiel 37
Day Two- Daniel 1
Day Three- Daniel 2
Day Four- Daniel 3
Day Five- Daniel 4