But If Not

I’ve been reading in the book of Daniel a lot today. Preparing part of my final paper from my Old Testament Prophets class.

If you grew up in church it’s likely that you’ve heard the story of Daniel’s friends with funny names and a fiery furnace (if not you can find it here).

Daniel’s three friends decide that they are not going to bow down to this huge image of the king and because of this they are threatened with being thrown into a hot box of fire.

In verse 17 of Daniel three they say “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.

Verse 18 starts with BUT IF NOT. They tell the king that no matter what they are not going to bow to his image. Whether protected from or burned in the fire, they will be delivered from the king.

They trust that God is able, and know that He is sovereign. They know that God is powerful enough to protect them from the fire, but willing to face it if He chooses not to.

It can be easy for us to say that God is able to get us through tough times. To trust in Him with our words, but how often do we trust God that He is in control of our lives?

Is there something that you need to trust God with?

When is that last time you sat down and read an Old Testament Prophet?

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