The Christian band, MercyMe, has a new song out called Even If. Take time today to look this song up and listen to it, TODAY! This song describes a God who is able to remove us from our pain, but even if He chooses for us to endure it for a season, He promises to never leave us alone while we bear it.
This song refers to the story in Daniel chapter 3 about Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego being thrown into the fiery furnace for not bowing down to the gold statue that King Nebuchadnezzar had built for all of the kingdom to worship. These three men decided not to give allegiance to what the king had created and rather stand for the one true God. They knew their fate if they made this choice would be to face the fiery furnace and die for their convictions. However, they still declined the king’s mandate. King Nebuchadnezzar’s response to them in verse 15 was “Then what god will be able to rescue you from my hand?”
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego believed that they must honor their God even when the threat of death was inevitable. The king had no idea how his question would come back to haunt him in the minutes ahead, but the three men to whom the question was directed had a quick and direct response.
“If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”—Daniel 3:17-18
These men knew that their God was capable of delivering them from being thrown in the fire or even be saved from the flames if their fate led them into the furnace. Verse 18 starts with “But even if he does not.” Those words speak so much faith from the perspective of someone who faces impending death. I believe that along with the miracle of these men being saved from the fire was the proclamation of their faith no matter what they endured. Even if….I want these words imprinted on my heart to trust that even in the midst of pain, God will be ever faithful even if I am thrown into the fire.