“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).
Many of you are probably familiar with those words from the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. They were about to be thrown into a burning furnace, because they would not worship Nebuchadnezzar and his little ‘g’ gods. The king wanted to see if their god (THE God) could rescue them, and they replied that although they knew that God could do it they did not know if He would–but they cast their lot with God either way.
Their story ends well. God saves them with His supernatural power and “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego came out of the fire … not hair of their heads was singed, their robes were unaffected, and there was no smell of fire on them” (Dan. 3:27). And everyone says, “Amen!”
That’s sort of how I felt yesterday. After undergoing last week’s biopsy (uncomfortable but not terrible), I got the good news that the pathology report showed no signs of cancer. Chuck and I breathed synchronized sighs of relief and thanked God for the good news. Before we even left the parking garage, we texted the word, Benign, to everyone who had asked to be told and began receiving our friend’s happy words: Praise God, God is so good, Thank you, Jesus, Baruch haShem, and my personal favorite, “Be-Nign, Valentine!” It was very good news, and we have very good friends!
But ever the philosopher, I can’t help thinking of what our response would have been if the news had been bad. Even then, would we have praised God?
“In the day of prosperity be joyful, but in the day of adversity, consider: without question, God has made the one as well as the other” (Ecclesiastes 7:14).
Blessed be the name of the Lord!