How often is our trust in God conditional? How often do we think “God, I’ll know you love me if you do (fill in the blank)” or “God, if you don’t get me out of this, I’ll know you don’t love me.” How often do we push God away when pain comes into our lives? My pastor always said that when life gets rough, you can’t go out and buy a 10 year walk with God. You must cultivate the relationship and your faith so that when things get tough, you have your faith to fall back on and you know you can trust in God.
“And if not, He is still good.” This is based off Daniel 3:16-18 which says “…We do not need to defend ourselves…The God we serve is able to deliver us…but even if he does not…we will not serve your gods or worship your idols.” Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were about to be thrown in a fiery furnace to burn to death. If it were me in that situation, you better believe I would be in a state of meltdown and panic. I would be begging for God to get me out of there. “God, if you love me, you will rescue me.”
I love this passage of scripture because it shows where our faith and hearts should be. At my church, we say “God is good all the time, and all the time God is good.” He is perfect, so all that He does is perfect, regardless of our opinions of the situation. I am guilty of believing that my way is the best way. I know what I think is best, but ultimately, God knows best. If God would have left Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the furnace and let them die, He would still be holy, right, and good.
Similarly, if my prayers for success in my career, protection for my family, and my other requests to God are not answered, God is still good. How can I say that? God has given us all we need in Jesus and the salvation that we have through Him. He is perfect and all He does is perfect. Thank goodness God gives us abundantly more than we need. I am incredibly thankful for my wonderful friends and family, and everything else that He has given me. He finds joy in giving us things that glorify Him and make our hearts happy at the same time. But if He took that all away, or never blessed me again (I pray that is not the case), He is still good, and I should still praise Him!
God doesn’t promise to save us from the flames, but He has promised to be with us as we walk through the fire. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego knew they served a God who was greater than the king who was sentencing them to death. We serve a God who can save. When the day of testing comes, we can bravely go into the fire and know that whether we get through it or not, we serve a God like no other. If not, He is still good.