Something has been impressed for me this whole week and I firmly believe that it’s something God wants me to write here.
Have you heard the song “You Are God Alone”? I’ll put the YouTube link below so you can listen to it. I’ve been hearing this song since early this week and I really liked the version by William McDowell. The lyrics had spoken to me so much because it remind me to just dwell in the fact that there’s no other god like our God, in the good times and bad. Let me share part of the lyrics.
You are not a God, created by human hands
You are not a God, dependent on any mortal man
You are not a God, in need of anything we can give
By Your plan, that’s just the way it is
You’re the only God whose power none can contend
You’re the only God whose name and praise will never end
You’re the only God who’s worthy of everything we can give
You are God and that’s just the way it is
You are God alone from before time began
You were on Your throne
You are God alone and right now
In the good times and bad
You are on Your throne
And you are God alone
I was reading Daniel chapter 3 tonight and the story about Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego just fits perfectly on the song that I’ve been hearing (read Daniel 3:8-30). I still don’t know about coincidences but I believe there’s a purpose about everything that happens.
He is God alone.
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.
Daniel 3:17 NIV
During this time, a king named Nebuchadnezzar commanded all the men in the land to worship his gods and the image of gold he created. He instructed them to follow this rule or they will be thrown into a fiery furnace and be burned to death.
However, these three Jews took the king’s attention because they wouldn’t worship his gods nor bow down to the image of gold. And so he asked them in verse 15: “Then what god will be able to rescue you from my hand?“
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego definitely knew who their God is. They knew that the One they serve is the legitimate and original who is powerful and is able to save them form the furnace, if He wills it.
They didn’t falter. They didn’t hesitate for a second. They just chose not to worship any other gods because they knew who the ultimate God is—the one who isn’t “created by humans hands” nor “dependent on any mortal man“.
In the good times and bad, He is on the throne.
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 3:18 NIV
Aside from knowing that their God is able and powerful enough to save them, they understand that the Lord has the upper hand. They knew that there’s a possibility that God will not save them the way they wanted to but they knew He definitely would have the right purpose why.
They didn’t know what God’s will was, but they still chose to put their lives at risk just so they can obey His command—to worship no other god but the One who is on the throne.
They gave their life and allowed themselves to suffer the consequences of defying the king because they knew that the King above all kings is the One they’re believing in, and He is on their side.
In the good times and bad, they recognize God as their One and only God.
Sometimes, when we go through hard situations and tough times, we go to God and remind ourselves that He is going to make “all things work together for good to those who love Him”. Well, that’s not false because it actually came from the Bible (see Romans 8:28). However, more often that not, we focus too much on the “make all things work together for good“, forgetting the part about God’s power and authority.
We look at more at what we will be given more than just praising God no matter what happens.
We tend to see what God is going to do in us rather than see where and who He is right in that situation.
And that actually says more about who (or what) we really consider as our god because when we focus too much on the things we wanted to receive, then we might be worshiping that very thing, not the One who makes it happen. It ultimately says that we have been following our own selves rather than God.
These Jews didn’t care about whether the Lord is going to save them or not. They didn’t care if they die. As long as they’re worshiping the One true God, in the good times and bad, He remains their Lord who is worthy of their lives.
I know how comforting it can be that God is for us and that God can do miracles and make things work together for our good. But ultimately, no matter what will happen, even when things don’t turn out good the way we want them to, we receive the best comfort when we simply choose to have faith and trust the One and only God who isn’t created by human hands.