Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered and said to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. 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. 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
Too often we want to make conditional deal with God. We might pray that we will do something for God if only He will give us something in return. When we do so we are treating God like one of our buddies, someone who is our equal not like the God of the universe. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego did not try to bargain with God.
They had faith that God would save them from the death that the king had in store for them but even if God did not save them they still refused to bow down to any god but God. They knew that whatever God gad planned for them God was in control. Their lives were in God’s hands not Nebuchadnezzar.
We get so caught up in what God can do for us that we too often forget that it is we who need to be doing things for God. We are commanded to spread the Good News to all the world. Our reward is not here on this earth but in the next life on the new earth. Whatever rewards we received in the here and now are just bonus blessings.
Have a blessed day,