But if not

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,



About dwwork

The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 - “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today. In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him. Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority always overrules anything I might write. David
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