June 11, 2017
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. Daniel 3:17-18
Have you ever been faced with an impossible “either/or” situation? In the book of Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego are faced with an impossible “either/or” situation. The king had built a golden image for everyone to bow to at certain times of the day. These three Israelites had an issue with this decree, because they were committed to only worshiping God. The king told them to either worship the image or get thrown into a fiery furnace. Their response to the situation was a response of unwavering faith. They told the king to throw them in the fire because God would save them. Just as importantly, they showed that even if God didn’t save them, they would never turn their faith from God.
The resolve of unwavering faith is found when the character of God is trusted. These Israelites knew that God was able to save them from the fire. They knew that if God didn’t save them, it was for a greater purpose. They trusted God’s character. Circumstances, situations and people on a daily basis will test our faith. If our faith is built on anything other than the character of God, it will fail. It is easy to trust God and have faith when life is good. The question is when life presents an extreme “either/or” situation, is your faith unwavering.
The only way to build unwavering faith is build it on the character and the word of God. When we do this, we put our trust in God’s willingness and ability to prove himself faithful. Our faith is founded in the belief that whatever the outcome, God is glorified and his will is done. Unwavering faith will help through the good times, but will also sustain you through the difficult.