But Even If He Does Not

I want to be like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. They stuck to their guns. They laid their lives down and would not worship the statue that Nebuchadnezzar erected. They knew their lives could very well end and apparently, that was not a problem for them. I absolutely love the security they have in their God. You can plainly see it in their response to Nebuchadnezzar in Daniel 3:16-18:
O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. 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.
Love that. I mean, they are firmly believing that their God is a Redeemer. But, the funny part is how they said, “but even if he does not.” It’s clear they have no doubt that God will rescue them from Nebuchadnezzar’s hand yet in the next sentence say, “but even if he does not.”

I wholeheartedly believe that God is capable of doing anything.

Anything. There is no doubt in my mind that God can restore the broken, bring back life to dead relationships and heal wounded hearts. I trust His power. I’ve seen it in action. My life and my marriage is living proof. But, what I don’t quite know yet is how do I deal with the fact that He does not always restore things on this earth. He doesn’t always heal people of cancer on this earth. He doesn’t always restore marriages. Sometimes, I feel like I don’t have enough faith because the realist in me knows that just because God can do something doesn’t mean He will. Does that mean I lack faith? In my heart I don’t feel like I do although there are plenty who would say otherwise. Regardless, I absolutely love the sold-out faith that Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego had in their God. Their answer was yes no matter what the question was. Pray with me, will you?
Father, continue to grow that character trait in me. For the most part, I feel that I have laid my life down and will do what you want me to do, but know I can definitely grow in this area. Please reveal to me what it is in my life that I might be holding onto that I need to surrender to your very capable hands. I adore you and have missed you. I pray that you will draw me to your Word each day and that my thirst and hunger would not be quenched until I submerge myself in your sharper than a double-edged sword words.

19 thoughts on “But Even If He Does Not”

  1. Great post! I too feel that way sometimes. I am a realist by nature and often wonder if this means I don’t have enough faith. My usual thought is…..I know God is capable to do anything but will He do this “anything” for me.

    I wrote a blog post of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abendnego once too a long time ago.

    I pray your prayer too!

  2. oh to have that kind of faith! “Their answer was yes no matter what the question was.” I wish they sold that on ebay. In the meantime, thanks for that prayer; it echoes my heart right now. I’ve replace so much faith with fear lately…time to change my clothes to the more “fire resistant” material!!!

  3. “But, what I don’t quite know yet is how do I deal with the fact that He does not always restore things on this earth. He doesn’t always heal people of cancer on this earth. He doesn’t always restore marriages…”

    My answer to questions like is always the same; I first wrote about in my very first post: “Katrina & Me.”

    Two sentences that, for me, answer your questions and your doubts: “How would we ever know courage and sacrifice if it were not for tragedy? How would we ever know just how much we really need God if it were not for our desperation?”

    Well…How WOULD we…?

  4. I have struggled with this very thing so much in the last 10 months. On August 13 of last year, my 45 year old brother in law was diagnosed with colon cancer and sent from the doctor’s office to the hospital to have surgery. He never left the hospital – he died 3 weeks later. My 31 year old sister was a widow, and a 20 year old and 7 year old twins were fatherless. While praying for him during those 3 weeks, I, along with many others, was convinced that he would get up and walk out of that hospital. After all, God had restored my marriage, completely in shambles, just one year earlier, and I was holding my 3 week old baby, the child I never thought I’d have. Why wouldn’t He heal Dwayne? His death knocked the spiritual wind out of me. I don’t know if I will say “I know for sure that God will…” ever again. It’s not because I doubt God can, just not sure if He will. My brother in law did ultimately receive his healing, so I’m not sad about that. I have just realized again that we will never understand everything here on earth, but one day, it will all make sense.

  5. I have faith that He can fix all things. I have faith that He will but only if it is HIS will. I am sorry for the unrestored marraiges. I am sorry for the deaths before we think it is their time. I am sorry for the natural disasters that cut short peoples lives and put people into hardships. But through it all I have Faith. My Father has a plan, He has a Will. I may never understand it all but I know that I am His and no matter what happens here on earth. My Father has already made my place for me in heaven.

    I say your prayer and put a big thank you and AMEN to it! Great post Miss Cindy!

  6. Isn’t our God so AWESOME though. He restores at His will.
    That is what makes Him God.

    I’m waiting for some of these myself, but I have seen INCREDIBLE and ALMOST unheard restorations also..

    I think He’s just at work

    and WE have to KEEP THE FAITH!! even how bleak it may look.

    He’s at work… that’s what stirring after that prayer.

    Thanks Cindy!!!

  7. love that story and definitely want to be like them! there’s a great song i love by Shane & Shane called “Burn Us Up” and it’s about Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. They spend a little time on the phrase “even if you don’t”. it is a challenging song and helps me remember that just because God can do something doesn’t mean He will do it. it’s hard to believe that and still have faith, but if they did, so can i!

  8. God CAN do anything. I wholeheartedly believe that. I tell parts of your story to poeple to need to hear a real example that God can do over and above what we ask or think.

  9. this is something i struggle with. i definitely know he can but there is no way to know that he will! but i think that’s still faith. it’s faith in God not faith in my prayers being answered the way i’ve asked. faith that the heart of God is good and that He is sovreign.

    prayed that prayer right along with ya.

  10. This is one of my all time favorite verses. Your faith sounds exactly like theirs. Notice it says ‘He is able’ not ‘He most certainly will’, which is what you are saying. We know He is able, the faith comes in trusting His answer.

  11. delurking to say thanks for posting this-thanks for the challenge and reminder that we serve a faithful God

  12. I was in Alaska last week, but I seem to remember Chris calling me about something during the sketchy phone reception we were getting. Am I just imagining this? Anyhow, I am trained in Sports Medicine and if you need to bounce anything off me give me a call. Hope you are feeling better.

  13. Great post! While attending Ladies of Life and studying Daniel with Natalie Witcher I found out I was expecting number 4. I was unaware that my husband was in his own study of Daniel at the time. One evening he peeked into the room I was in and said “Can we name the baby Azariah?” “Okay.” I said “Why?” He explained that he loved the great faith that these boys had. We ended up naming him Aven Azariah, but it’s in there!

    Sometimes I feel just like you mentioned “Sometimes, I feel like I don’t have enough faith because the realist in me knows that just because God can do something doesn’t mean He will.”

    Thanks for sharing this!

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