In the book of Daniel, three men took a strong stand for their faith; despite the King’s command for them to worship a gold statue, they refused to worship anything other than the one true God. As a result, the King threw them into a fiery furnace.
You might already be familiar with the story and know that despite them spending time in the fire, God miraculously saved them. However, there’s something even more significant in this story; these men said they were confident God could heal them, but that even if He didn’t, their faith was in God alone.
As I studied these scriptures recently, two things stood out to me. First, the faith of these men was not determined by what God would or would not do for them. And second, that not only did God save them, but after spending a night in the fiery furnace, they didn’t even smell like smoke!
With this new insight, I’m going to continue to pray and believe that God will heal my husband from pancreatic cancer – and that He will fulfill many of my other hopes and dreams. At the same time, I’m prompted to check my faith; to recommit my faith in God Himself, regardless of the outcomes.
In addition, this story is a great reminder that when God answers our prayers (in the way we hope) He goes above and beyond. His Word says it this way; No eye has seen, no ear has heard and no mind has imagined the things God has prepared for those who love Him. (1st Corinthians 2:9)
Therefore, we can continue to pray that God will save us from the “fires” we’re facing, AND, if God’s plans are to save us from them, we won’t even smell like smoke!