A new song by MercyMe is getting a lot of air play on Christian radio lately. The song is “Even If” and it is based on this passage from Scripture from the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego and the fiery furnace:
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” —Daniel 3:16-18
The faith of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego was so strong that they knew that even if God did not save them from the fiery furnace, God was still their God and loved them.
So often we think of God as some sort of genie who dispenses wishes. It is like we are saying to God sometimes, “Our wish is your command.” But that, of course, is not how prayer works and how God works. God knows what is best for us and he knows what we need more than we do and he knows what will impact the world in the most profound way. Sometimes the answer to our prayers is yes. Sometimes it is no. Sometimes it is not now, but later. And sometimes it is yes, but in a way you will not expect.
The deep faith of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego also is a reminder to us that we should never be fair-weather believers, trusting our God only when things are going well, but abandoning him when things are not. Life is hard. It has ups and downs. But whatever life may throw at us, we should not change our faith in God and our trust in his love and concern for us.
As the song from MercyMe says, “Even if you don’t, my hope is you alone.” Our faith is not dependent on whether or not things go our way; it is only dependent on God and his love for us in Jesus Christ, who died and was raised for us that we might be saved and live with him forever.
No matter what the circumstances, our prayer thus becomes, “Give me the strength to be able to sing, it is well with my soul,” as the song from MercyMe proclaims.
Take a listen to the song: