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…”  (Daniel 3:16-18 )

But even if he does not.

God is worthy to be praised when He rescues us from the fire.

But He is just as worthy to be praised when He does not.

We don’t like to think about that.  We prefer to hope for the best and squash thoughts of the worst.  Though I do not believe we are meant to consume our thoughts with anxiety and cynicism, I don’t think we should avoid the reality that life could take a hard turn for us.  We need to know what we’re going to do if the bottom falls out.

Our worst fear may be realized.  The answer to our prayer may be “no.”  The unbelievable may happen.  And it may happen to us.

But even if he does not.

Do we know now what happens if He does not?

Do we know now – without a shadow of a doubt – whom we will worship if He does not?

This is the true demonstration of trusting God.  We cannot simply trust His character because we believe that He will do what we ask.  We must trust His character because He is God.  We must trust that He is the only God worth serving, even if our earthly lives fall apart.  Even if He does not.

He did not rescue His Son from the death that we deserved. 

He is worthy of our trust.

Because He did not.