I recently read a blog post that has been stuck in my brain and will not let me go. I thought I would basically rewrite a shortened version for you today.
In the book of Daniel there is a story about Daniel and three of his friends named Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. You may know the story of Daniel chapter three where they will not bow down to the image created by king Nebuchadnezzar. The result is that they are to be thrown into the fiery furnace. Within this story is a great line about the faith of these men.
Daniel 3:17-18 “If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and he will rescue us from your hand, O king. (18) But even if he does not, we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”
The men firmly believe that God can save them from any situation, but their faith is truly seen when they declare, “Even if he does not.” Real faith is stepping out to follow God into any situation knowing that He might come through in a big way or He may not. A miracle may happen or it may not, but that does not mean that God does not care or is being mean. It simply means He has another plan.
True faith is trusting God even when we know that He may not show up the way we want Him to.