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Today’s Devotional: “But If Not Faith”
It’s all about having a “but if not” faith.
This was the faith three young Jewish men had when facing possible death. Nebuchadnezzar made it clear that if they didn’t bow to the golden statue they would be thrown into the fiery furnace.
But they had faith in God, not only that God would deliver them, but also if not they still wouldn’t compromise.
“Our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king. But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up.” (Daniel 3:17-18)
It was with this faith that Jesus met them in the fiery furnace as Nebuchadnezzar witnessed.
“I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire; and they are not hurt, and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.” (Daniel 3:25)
We see this same faith with Job. He said, “Though He (God) slay me, yet will I trust Him.” (Job 13:15a)
By faith Abraham said to Isaac, “God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering.” (Genesis 22:8) But also by faith Abraham concluded, “God was able to raise him (Isaac) up, even from the dead.” (Hebrews 11:19)
When Jesus was in the Garden He said, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless (But if not), not as I will, but as You will.” (Matthew 26:39)
Satan will throw everything at us to get us to renounce and compromise our faith. So we need “But If Not” faith when our financial resources dwindle, when our health drops, when a loved one is lost, or when our plans are thwarted.
We need to determine now that if God doesn’t deliver we will say, “But if not, we will still believe in the Lord.”
Wednesday Evening Bible Study