My Musings – “If you can?” My doubt rarely manifests itself this way. I am usually confident that God can, but I am not always confident that He will. I don’t know if this is a worse kind of doubt or not. Is it because I believe I am not worthy of God’s help? Or is it because I acknowledge that God might have a higher purpose? I wish I could say it was a faith like Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who facing the fiery furnace told King Nebuchadnezzar, “we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and he will rescue us from your hand, O king. But even if he does not, we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.” (Daniel 3:16-18, NIV 1984).
My Advice – Let our faith be like the three Hebrew children – yes, God always can, but there may be times that He will not. Even in those circumstances, let’s stand firm in the faith that God is sovereign and that it is not because He does not love us. Sometimes He will remove us from it, whatever it may be, but there will be other times that He will take us through it. It may be as dark as the “valley of the shadow of death,” or as threatening as the fiery furnance, but no matter what “thou art with me.”