Based on Daniel 3:15-18: “Now when you hear the sound of …all kinds of music, if you are ready to fall down and worship the image I made, very good. But if you do not worship it, you will be thrown immediately into a blazing furnace. Then what god will be able to rescue you from my hand?” Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and he will rescue us from your hand, O king. But even if he does not, we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”
1.) Affirmation of God’s ability to deliver.
2.) Acceptance of the possibility that God would not choose to deliver from temporal evil.
3.) Determination to stay the course no matter what the outcome.
These three realities or conclusions must shape our understanding of who God is, how He works and how we pray to Him. This is living and praying a “Thy will be done” approach to life. It’s based on an unrelenting affirmation that God controls outcomes—even when evil people or forces seem to exercise great power.
See also, Genesis 45:1-8; 50:18-20– Joseph’s commitment to the providential goodness of God over the actions of people.
These conclusions should exercise meaningful influence over three aspects of our lives:
1. How we talk to God: prayer
2. How we talk about God: testimony
3. How we hear from God: revelation
Avoid two dangers:
1. Confidence based on presumption: James 4:13-17 -offers further help in shaping our understanding of prayer, testimony, and hearing from God. The “If” of this passage is a boundary word; control word; security word (although admitting human uncertainty and vulnerability)
2. Complacency based on prosperity: Luke 12:15-21