I can’t tell you how many Christians I have seen lose their faith because God didn’t answer a prayer. Or maybe he just didn’t answer the way they had preconceived in their mind.
I’m not saying I am perfect about this by any means, but I think it’s a part of maturing in our walk with the Lord. I have gotten mad at God countless times in the early years of my faith, ran from God at times, and even shot him the bird once.
All because He didn’t answer me the way I wanted. In all honesty I was like a little bratty child that didn’t get his way.
This got me thinking about what has changed. As I have matured in my walk with the Lord, I simply trust Him whether He answers me or not. Even if the answer isn’t what I wanted.
I think it really comes down to that child like faith. I can look back and see that He has never let me down. Now, that’s not to say I don’t ever get discouraged, but I choose to look to Christ to find out the why and what he is trying to teach me in that moment.
If we look in Daniel 3 we see a remarkable story of three Hebrew children that trusted God, no matter what. They were willing to die in a fiery furnace rather than bow down to an idol.
Check out what they said when the king threatened to throw them in the furnace if they didn’t bow:
O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to give you an answer concerning this matter. If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the furnace of blazing fire; and He will deliver us out of your hand, O king. But even if He does not, let it be known to you, O king, that we are not going to serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up. – NASB
There are two specific lines I want you to pay attention to.
- our God whom we serve is able to deliver us
- But even if He does not
They were willing to stand for the Lord, trust in Him, and not waver in their faith because they believed He would deliver them from the hands of King Nebuchadnezzar.
I love their response, But even if He does not – You see, it didn’t matter if God delivered them or not. He is and was still worthy. He still desires a relationship with you.
Sometimes those difficult and trying times are for your good. They are for the development of your perseverance and character. (James 1:3; Romans 5:3-5; James 1:12) Or as I always say “it’s character building.”
I challenge you today to develop a faith like those three young men, to believe that no matter what, God can deliver you…BUT EVEN IF HE DOES NOT, you will still stand for and with Him. Choose not to waver in your faith, rather choose to go deeper into your relationship with Him.