STILL THE GOD I WORSHIP
Now if you are ready when you hear the sound of the horn, pipe, lyre, trigon, harp, bagpipe,
and every kind of music, to fall down and worship the image that I have made, well and good.
But if you do not worship, you shall immediately be cast into a burning fiery furnace.
And who is the god who will deliver you out of my hands?”
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.”
Did you know that God doesn’t always give what we ask for? It’s because He’s not a genie whom we can command to make our desires come true.
We pray for many things daily and some of the most common prayer requests are for healing from a disease or sickness, passing an entrance or licensure exam, and getting a job. The answers we want to hear in these kind of prayers is that someone’s health will get better, someone passes his exams, and someone gets his dream job. But what if the opposite happens?
Let’s say you prayed earnestly for these things and yet, the person you prayed to get better actually died, the person you prayed for failed his exams the third time, and your friend actually failed more than 10 job applications.
Many people look for proof of God’s power when their expectations are met in answered prayers. And when it doesn’t, God either decreases or ceases to be God in their lives.
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were being challenged by the Babylonian king to worship his golden image or else they will be burned to death. Anyone about to be burned to death will somehow hope that there is rescue coming somewhere. Daniel’s friends may also have silently prayed for it, but their declaration of who they worship was so astoundingly bold that it angered the king. “Our God can save us if He wants to but even if He doesn’t—we don’t care about your gods, He will still be the only God we’ll worship.”
Can we also say the same in our prayers? “I pray God that You’ll heal my friend’s father from his sickness, make my sister pass her licensure exam, and give my friend his dream job. But even if you don’t do all these, you’ll still be the God I worship.”