“If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king. But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up.” Daniel 3:17-18 (NKJV)
“Do we have a “But if not” in our spiritual vocabulary? Do we have this… resource of faith? Is our faith fireproof? If wars should arise and son, daughter, husband, sweetheart be taken from our side, have we a “But if not” to carry us through that fiery furnace? If business should fail or financial reverses be experienced? If ill-health grips us? When old age enfeebles us? When bereavement strikes? When desire for a life partner is not granted? When cherished plans are thwarted? If Christian work does not meet with the success we envisaged? When we are not designated to the mission station we expected or live with the fellow-worker we would choose? Let us emulate the dauntless faith of the noble three who maintained their confidence in God in the face of seemingly unrewarded faith. “But if not, we will still go on trusting God,” said the three men. They did not fall into self-pity or unbelief.
“We may not always understand God’s dealings with us at the time, and He nowhere undertakes to explain Himself. “What I do thou knowest not now, but thou shalt know hereafter” is His promise. In the meantime we learn many a lesson in the furnace of testing.”
-“Spiritual Maturity” by J. Oswald Sanders, p. 63