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What If?

December 17, 2012 2 Comments

 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. [18] 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 (NIV)


Photo Courtesy Changeable Focus - Creative Commons

Photo Courtesy Changeable Focus – Creative Commons

What if the day came and you did not sense the presence of God? What if you never heard his voice again? What if the only way you could keep your job was to compromise your faith? What if?

 I sometimes wonder why I follow God. Do I seek the benefits more than God himself? Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego stood before the Babylon King. The King had commanded that if they did not bow down to the idol they would be thrown into a blazing furnace.  It is easy to think that they had some supernatural faith, but they probably did not have any greater access to faith than you or I.  Based on verse 18 was there some thought of the possibility that God would not intervene on their behalf?

 It is that doubt that makes this story so incredible. They made the deceleration, “Even if God does not show up we will not bow to the idol. Even if we die today we will only worship the true God.”  (Paraphrase my own)

 I pray that my, “what if” becomes an, “even if.”  Let my faith and passion grow so that I can stand alone and worship God simply for the Holy God he is, and praise him without all the trappings and benefits.  Tweet this


Now it is your turn. I would love to hear from you.

 What is your “What if?” How are you growing to the place where you can worship God no matter what?

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About the Author:

I am enthusiastic about helping others discover their purpose and grow into a deeper relationship with Jesus. It is great to see their eyes light up at their “Ah Ha!” moment when they discover they were created for something more. My hope is that this blog will help encourage and inspire you along your way. Join the conversation and take the time to share with me your own story. I have been married to my beautiful wife Janice for over 30 years. We currently live in McDonough Georgia with our daughter. Our two boys have left the nest and we have two wonderful grand kids. Of course we cannot forget about our dog Bear.