But If Not

Shadrach plusTheir valiance tested by King Nebuchadnezzar, three devout Jews refused to abandon their principles under threat of death. 

Daniel 3:16-18    Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter.    If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O King.    But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.

What enables us to face our ”fiery furnaces”?  An Apostle’s words call for courage born of a gospel perspective.

Be lifted by Elder Neal A. Maxwell.

“We will not always be rescued from proximate problems, but we will be rescued from everlasting death!  Meanwhile, ultimate hope makes it possible to say the same three words used centuries ago by three valiant men.  They knew God could rescue them from the fiery furnace if He chose.  ‘But if not,’ they said, nevertheless, they would still serve Him!”