BUT IF NOT…Will You Hold On?

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Daniel 3:13-18 (ESV)
13  Then Nebuchadnezzar in furious rage commanded that Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego be brought. So they brought these men before the king.
14  Nebuchadnezzar answered and said to them, “Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, that you do not serve my gods or worship the golden image that I have set up?
15  Now if you are ready when you hear the sound of the horn, pipe, lyre, trigon, harp, bagpipe, and every kind of music, to fall down and worship the image that I have made, well and good. But if you do not worship, you shall immediately be cast into a burning fiery furnace. And who is the god who will deliver you out of my hands?”
16  Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered and said to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter.
17  If this be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of your hand, O king.
18  But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.”

“But if not…” Is this the attitude of our heart? Is this how we hold on?

“But if not…” Is this the way we pray?

Do you pray that God will do something important, even life-altering and then are you willing to say… “BUT IF NOT…”

IF NOT…I will trust His hand…

IF NOT…I will worship Him…

IF NOT…I will not insist on knowing why/demand that God explain himself…


THO HE DID NOT…I will choose not to deny His mighty love for me and mine…I will CHOOSE faith…

THO I HAVE NOTHING LEFT…I will choose to rely on Him for strength, perseverance, endurance…

THO THE FIRE IS UNBEARABLY HOT & LONG…I will choose to ask for and wait with hope that only He can give…

THO MY JOY IS GONE…I will choose to ask Him to restore my joy…

We have choices to make!


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4 Responses to BUT IF NOT…Will You Hold On?

  1. doncramersuddenlinknet says:

    Thank you, sweet wife, for daily living your steadfast faith in God before your family and friends during the easy and hard times. You are a blessing to all who know you, especially me!

  2. Ann Wilkes says:

    Just the other day, the boys and I really reflected on a song heard on the radio. I heard it with new ears:

    I know You’re able and I know You can
    Save through the fire with Your mighty hand
    But even if You don’t
    My hope is You alone
    I know the sorrow, and I know the hurt
    Would all go away if You’d just say the word
    But even if You don’t
    My hope is You alone

    – “Even if” by MercyMe

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