But if Not

Thursday, April 14, 2016

The following post was originally a guest post that I wrote for Coffee With Summer. Summer is a great blogger. If you'd like to check out her work, click here.

I love Pinterest. I would try to hide it, but really, who am I kidding? Everyone is starting to get addicted to it, so I suppose I'm in the norm now (first time ever!).

One thing I love about Pinterest is that I see a ton of Bible verses and uplifting quotes, so I get encouraged just by scrolling through social media. One day as I was pinning, I came across the following quote:


It is based off of Daniel 3:16-18 "...We do not need to defend ourselves...The God we serve is able to deliver us...But even if he does not...we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up."


I love this passage because I believe it shows where our hearts should be.
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were about to be thrown into a furnace to burn to death. If it were me, I'd be in a state of panic and tears. I'd most likely be incapable of functioning, and begging God to get me out of the situation (cue fetal position).

But instead of panicking and begging, these men had the utmost confidence in God. They knew that if it was God's purpose, He would deliver them and save them from this mess. They trusted him to do so - but their faith didn't stop there! These men also trusted God enough to say, "even if He doesn't save us from this, we will still serve him." They knew that their God was right and holy, and if He chose to leave them in the situation, they trusted that He knew what he was doing. Their trust in Him was not conditional.

How often is our trust in God conditional?
How often do we think "God, if you don't get me out of this, you must hate me"?
How often do we push God away when pain comes into our lives?
I know I do, and I'm confident I am not the only one!

The Whole Truth

The thing is, God is always good. Always. He is perfect, so all that He does is perfect, regardless of what we think.
We can come up with countless ways that we think things would be best. We can come up with lists and hypotheticals for how we wish our lives were different, but ultimately, God knows what is best.

If God had left Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednigo in the flames and let them die, He would still be holy, He would still be right, and He would still be good!

In the same way, if my countless prayers for protection for my family had not been answered, God would still be good. If my friends all abandoned me, my husband was taken away, and I lost all I had, God would still be good.

God has given us all we need in Jesus Christ and the salvation that we have through Him. He is perfect and all He does is perfect.

No Matter What

Thank God that He gives us even more than we need! I am so thankful for my wonderful husband and all my family. I am thankful for my friends, my house, my dogs, my blog, and everything that He has given. And He joys in giving us things that glorify Him and make our hearts happy simultaneously. Praise Him!

But if He took that all away or never blessed me again (I pray that doesn't happen), He is still good. And I should still praise Him!

Do you believe that? How can we all trust God's goodness more fully?


7 comments

  1. Awesome post! He is not tame, but He is good!

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  2. Wonderful post Kristin! I completely believe that. I have started spending more time thanking God, even when I am in pain physically, and just being grateful for saving me because that is what matters. Praising Him when the day is hard or hopeless is the only way to get through the day and ultimately, feeling better about it! :)

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    1. Thank you so much for your sweet comment, Alexis! I am very bad at practicing this attitude, but I know it is true, and I want to live it out always. And yes! Thanking God is something that uplifts and brings honor to Him!

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  3. Good reminders. Love this verse and this attitude. Our worship pastor often does the following with our congregation: He says "God is good" and we reply "all the time" then he says "all the time" and we say "God is good"

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    1. Thanks, Marsha! And yes! I've heard that done before. It's a good little reminder. We need that reminder every day, but especially when life is tough!

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  4. Such a good reminder - our plan and God's may not be the same, but that doesn't mean he's not good!

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