What If’s to Even If’s

“If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from your Majesty’s hand. But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.” Daniel 3:17-18.

It has been a difficult week for me, Mamas. I found myself on an unexpected phone call with the owner of the company I work for and he was informing me that my department and my position were both being eliminated. I now find myself unemployed.

Following Jesus and living a life dedicated to serving him doesn’t leave me immune from going through really difficult situations. Maybe like some of you, I also find myself facing a mountain and I’m struggling to find the faith to move it; my feet are being held to the fire and I worry that the flame will consume me.

As I lay on my pillow in the middle of the night, I find the sheep I’m meant to count are stamped with “what if’s”. What if I can’t find another job? What if I can’t pay my bills? What if my severance package runs out? What if, what if, what if…

Shadrach, Meschach, and Abednego found themselves in a situation in which King Nebuchadnezzar was threatening their lives unless they worshipped his gods and the golden statue he made of himself. As they stood outside of the fiery furnace their minds must have went to the what if’s. But their faith was greater than their fear and their answer was simple, “Even if he doesn’t save us, God is still good.”

What I am learning in this struggle is that true faith turns the “what if’s “into “even if”s”. Yes, the situation I am in could get worse, but even if it does, it won’t change the fact that God is good. Charles Spurgeon says this, “Do not judge the situation by the king’s threat and by the heat of the burning fiery furnace, but by the everlasting God and the eternal life which awaits you.”

May you always remember that God is able to save you with his mighty hand and no matter what happens, let us be the first to say, “It is well, even if, it is well with my soul.”

Blessings,

Susie and the Help Club for Moms Team

For more information about Susie’s ministry, Between the Gardens, visit her website susieoneal.org.

 

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2 Comments on “What If’s to Even If’s”

  1. Needed this encouragement as I face a very similar position right now. So hard to have the faith to move that mountain in the midst of a hardship. Thanks for sharing

    1. I am so glad you stopped by Katy. We are so glad you are here and are praying for you right now. May the Lord bring you great peace today.
      Love you dear one,
      Mama Deb

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