The word ‘should’ is the key to our lives. You should get a degree. You should take this job. You should marry that person.
The word ‘should’ applies to everything!
Most of us want to be gods of our own shoulds. We want to control what should happen to us. Even as Christians, we want to tell God what should happen.
But not so Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. In the Book of Daniel, King Nebuchadnezzar II ordered them to bow down to a gold statue bearing his semblance. Refusal would cost them their lives.
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. Our God is able to deliver us from your hand. But if not, be it known to you that we will not serve the golden image that you have set up.” Daniel 3:16-18
It is one of the most radical stands in the entire Bible. But there’s more to it: dig a little deeper and we discover an affirmation about God that is absolutely breathtaking.
Our God is able to deliver us from your hand.
Put succinctly, our God can do anything!
But if not, be it known to you that we will not serve the golden image that you have set up.
God can if he wants, and he will if he should. Our God is the God of the shoulds!
When Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego are thrown into the furnace—a fire so
hot that it killed the men who threw them in—an incredulous Nebuchadnezzar inquires.
Did we not cast three men bound into the fire? I see four men unbound, walking in the midst of the fire, and they are not hurt; and the appearance of the fourth is like a son of the gods. – Daniel 3:24-25
Who is that fourth person? According to Nebuchadnezzar, he appears like a son of the gods. He looks divine.
Well, he is.
Whenever you trust God with what should happen in your life, he will be there by your side.
The temperature in life may be stifling, painful, even unendurable, but you’ll never face it alone. Someone divine is standing by your side.
According to the true Son of God,
I am with you always, to the end of the age. – Matthew 28:20
What more do we need to know for the New Year?
God will take care of the shoulds of our lives. He can do what he wants to do, and he will do what he should do. And he will send his Son to walk with us every step of the way, bearing our burdens, binding up our despair, blessing our disappointments. In our weakness, he will be our strength.
He will be with us always, whatever should happen!