“But if not…”

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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. Daniel 3:17, 18

Most of us have heard this story before. We know what happens in the end. We know God saves them and does a mighty work in the land. But this week as we have waited for some things to move along so we can get our belongings from the port, we’ve hit wall after wall. More and more details to be taken care of and every time we think we’re a little closer we find out we have even more to do. Two weeks from today we are expecting a little girl and every week that goes by I’m getting a little less patient. I keep thinking “lord you see this problem we have, you can take care of it any time, but now would be ideal for our situation!!! I’d love to have a bed for our baby girl when we bring her home!! And unpacking boxes with a newborn is just not on the top ten things to do while recovering…” But last night as I was a little down tired of being disconnected from the world as we are still waiting for Internet! Tired of waiting for everything, this story came to mind from my reading earlier in the week.
Verse 18 stood out. “But if not…” They were trusting God to take care of them but knew that it was Gods choice it was not guaranteed a good outcome. They were obedient and willing to sacrifice themselves no matter what. Their love and loyalty to God exceeded their own ideas of what they thought they deserved. They were willing even if God didn’t save them.
I know this is no sacrifice on our part. But the fact is as I look at our circumstances am I willing even if they don’t work out?
My loss is far less than theirs, that’s for sure. Do I trust and love The Lord enough to keep serving him and being loyal to him even when things don’t go our way?
It definitely puts things into perspective. We don’t do what we do because we know they’ll all work out, but because we love Him. No matter what the outcome He knows what’s best. As I’ve written this and sign off I face the fact that I wish I were spiritual enough to say “yes! But if not” and happily face tomorrow. As more and more bad news trickles in. I have to face facts it’s just not that easy. But remind myself we aren’t here because everything is going to work out perfectly. We’re here for Him. However things go, I will continue to remind myself of this story. True love is proven when it’s inconvenient.

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6 responses »

  1. Praying for you as I can so relate…we had our 3rd child while living in a hotel waiting for housing. We moved into the house 2 weeks after she was born. At the time, it didn’t seem fun at all, but we look back now and laugh thinking we brought back our little one to a hotel room (with no air conditioning in August in California, no less). But God was faithful and He will be so for you guys as well! Blessings!

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