But even if He does not rescue us, we want you as king to know that we will not serve your gods or worship the gold statue you set up. – Daniel 3:18
Christ-followers would all agree that our triune God is all-powerful, all-knowing, and all-present. We would also agree that He loves His children and offers them eternal protection. Yet, sometimes we might presume upon God’s blessing and favor (thinking that our every effort is guaranteed success) and the results are less than favorable. When we look into the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego don’t we see them making the same mistake? Weren’t they assuming that God would rescue them from a fiery death?
Not at all.
While Daniel’s three friends presumed that God would be glorified, they never assumed that God would preserve their lives. They understood that God would glorify His name, no matter the outcome, because He exists to do so. Any person who acts on this unwavering truth displays a committed heart that will live with Christ for eternity … even if they do not live in the moment.
Just remember that you may always safely presume on God’s ultimate glory, if not on His momentary protection.
Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn. – C. S. Lewis