16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered and said to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. 17 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. 18 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
This is far more than just a fun Bible story to tell to kids with characters that have catchy names. The faith displayed by these three is a kind of faith that I would daresay is rarely seen by most of us. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego weren’t asking “why me” and they weren’t standing on some kind of “God has to do what I ask” kind of faith either. They didn’t presume to know or place demands on what God “should” do for them, they simply expressed trust that He would take care of them regardless of how the outcome might look to others. Even if God did not deliver them from the flames, they were not going to turn their back on Him.
We know the end of the story. God did deliver them from the furnace. But these three men held that trusting God was better than trusting anyone else, no matter the outcome, before they even knew what would happen. We can learn from their story, and be confident that no matter whether we live or die, we will be in His care. There is no one like our God.