Then what god will be able to rescue you from my hand?”
Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to him, “King 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 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 3.15-18

Whether God chooses to rescue us or not are we willing to accept his sovereignty?

I was reminded this week that all Jesus’ miracles were temporary. The 5000 were eventually hungry again and Lazarus eventually died again. When God steps in to save the day it is really just prolonging the inevitable. The inevitable is that whether Sadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were saved or not they would have to stand before God and give an account. God’s saving work in the fiery furnace is not about physically saving them from worldly injustice, but part of God’s desire that all should be saved eternally (1 Timothy 2.4). It points to something more, the one who was to come to redeem the world.

But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.

Be merciful to those who doubt; save others by snatching them from the fire; to others show mercy, mixed with fear—hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh.
 To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy— to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.
Jude 1.20-25

Update: The sermon that inspired this post has been posted online, King Me – The King in Babylon record December 11,2011 by Rev. Terry Lee. You can watch it here or download the audio here.