Gotta Have Faith
It seems there’s something about faith that many struggle to understand. We pray and try our best to believe that God will come through. We search deep within ourselves, attempting to eradicate doubt. We fly high when it seems God responds affirmatively to our requests, but are at the limits of our belief when things don’t go our way.
In the armor of God, faith is said to be our shield. Is that shield somehow inadequate or faulty? When we exercise our faith, why do loved ones still die? How do expenses continue to mount? Why do bad things happen to good people? If God’s armor is a strong and reliable defense, why does it seem the “attacks of the enemy” still succeed?
I love the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. I think their’s is a great example of proper faith. If you’re unfamiliar with their story, you can read it here. It contains what I believe to be one of the greatest statements of faith.
Daniel 3:16-18 says, “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego replied, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God whom we serve is able to save us. He will rescue us from your power, Your Majesty. But even if he doesn’t, we want to make it clear to you, Your Majesty, that we will never serve your gods or worship the gold statue you have set up.”
Their faith wasn’t based in the belief that God was going to rescue them from their problem. They didn’t pin all their trust on God swooping in to save the day. They believed God can do all things. They trusted His plan and His timing. However, their faith was based in the fact that God IS, and no other ever will be. Regardless of what may or may not happen in their lives, God is God. Their faith wouldn’t rise or fall with the outcome. Their faith was in the sovereignty and justness of their God. He is good. His mercy endures forever. Whatever problem you’re facing, whatever your situation, If God doesn’t save you from it, He’ll walk you through it.