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Trip for a Lifetime: Day 21 Even If...

If we are thrown into the fiery furnace the God we serve is able to deliver us, and he will. But even if He does not, we will not worship other gods. Daniel 3:17-18

This is one of my favorite stories in the Bible. The king wanted all of the people to bow down and worship his gods. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego would not bow, even though they were going to be thrown into the furnace. The conversation between the king and them can be read in the verses above.

I can remember times in my life when my trust in the LORD had been challenged....almost to my breaking point. The mountain that was supposed to remove itself... the river that just kept getting wider... the mountain that seemed to grow... or the valley that got deeper. I have never been faced with choosing between life and death as these three were. I have faced trials that I wanted to go away or questions that I wanted answered my way. I have been desperately at the feet of Jesus with many situations that I needed relief from. I didn’t want answers tomorrow, I wanted them today.

There have been times when I have questioned God, even yelled at him... “Can’t You see my dilemma?” “Why aren’t You doing something?” I have learned as my faith has matured to understand that even though I can’t see it, He is working. His ways are not my ways and His thoughts are not my thoughts. (Isaiah 55:8-9)

When I face challenging trials I am a lot like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in their first two responses. First, Our God is able to deliver us. Second, He will deliver us. The third response is where our faith can be pushed to the limit. The “even if” response they gave is giving God complete control over the mountain, river or valley. When you give Him control, His burden is light. The problem with most of us is that we don’t like giving up control to a situation that has such extreme consequences.

We as Christians are at the point where we need to increase our faith by getting to the “even if” answer. We are not giving up on the first two responses, but trusting a Good, Good Father.

“Even if” ... I will praise Him!


  • My hope is built on nothing else than Jesus Christ and his righteousness

  • You are my Father and I am your son (daughter)

  • The Same power that raised Christ from the dead lives in me.

  • Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil.

  • The LORD causes my enemies to be defeated before my face.

  • I know the plans You have for me are good.

  • Holy, Holy, Holy! You are God Almighty

  • I will rejoice in you and again I say I will rejoice.

  • The longer I serve You the sweeter You grow

  • You are the bread of life. I will feast on your word forever

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