Since I was a kid, the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, or if you are a big VeggieTales fan, Rack, Shack, and Benny, has been one of my favorites.
More broadly I brought them in because like Daniel, when put to the test both these stories show that in their faithfulness they trust God, but do not presume upon God. In other words, they are not only faithful when things go their way, or use God to get them out of dicey situations.
This is a story of faith, where the participants didn’t know things were going to end “happily ever after” yet were faithful in it all. It can be easy to praise God when things are going well, but can you swing in it in the midst of a fiery furnace, or amidst the storms and uncertainties of life? Darrell Vesterfelt wrote about this yesterday and you can read his work here.
It isn’t easy, trust I think never is.
In all these stories from Daniel, even with their human heroes, the main point is always, that God is faithful in and through all things, (including exile, persecution, arrogant kings, corruption and more) and it is there our trust can find its hope and our faith may take root and grow.