"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.
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."
Our God is able but even if he doesn’t….
What a powerful statement made by young believers in the face of certain death. Picture it. You are young, you love God and doing everything seemingly RIGHT and because you are doing the right thing, you get in trouble
with the highest authority in the land. I can’t imagine being sentenced to death for following
And yet, those guys boldly declared a truth that highlights two lesson for me:
- Just because He doesn’t, doesn’t mean he can’t
- My faith isn’t predicated on things going my way
for me to believe.
We have all had situations where we prayed in faith for something and didn’t get it. The “accuser of the brethren” likes to take those instances and try to convince us that is was too hard for God. The devil will suggest it enough times that we subconsciously begin to believe it. We show this belief by not praying for the “little” things anymore. We justify that God is too busy or that we can cover the small stuff ourselves. These actions say, we might not believe he is able. He is able. He can. You many never see me do 25 push ups, but that doesn’t mean I can’t do it.
If you want to see if you are mature in your faith, take a look at how you respond when you pray and you don’t get your way. Do you question yourself? God? What is the point of having faith if you can see how everything is going to work out?!?!
Here is where I am challenged. I think, well if he is able, they he should do things the way I want them. Right? NO! He is able but I have to show my maturity in faith by accepting that things won’t always go my way.
I am not moved. I am thrown of course. My faith is based in love and acceptance. God is holy and just and can’t stand sin. Sin has to be punished and can’t be overlooked. So God punished his son Jesus so that it could
be possible for sinful me to have relationship with Holy God. By accepting this sacrifice that Christ made, I am no longer viewed as sinful but forgiven. As a forgiven, I can have an abundant life. There are many rights to being forgiven but there are responsibilities to. We have to grow up! We have move past the “God-is-a-genie-who-fixes-all-my-problems” mentality. We have to grow into the “God-I trust-you-regardless-of-outcome” maturity.
Prayer: Lord, help us to grow up! Mature us to say that you are not only able but even if you don’t we refuse to be doubt our relationship with you.