Hi there, all you Coffee With Summer readers! I am so happy to be with you today! My name is Kristin Cook and I blog over at The Peculiar Treasure. I am a 24 year old Jesus lover, wife, coffee enthusiast, dog mom, lifestyle/devotional blogger, and a fan of all things Pinterest.
Speaking of Pinterest…Lately, I keep coming across this pin:
It is based off of Daniel 3:16-18 “…We do not need to defend ourselves…The God we serve is able to deliver us…But even if he does not…we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”
I love this passage because I believe it shows where our hearts should be.
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were about to be thrown into a furnace to burn to death. If it were me, I’d be in a state of panic and tears. I’d most likely be incapable of functioning, and begging God to get me out of the situation…
But instead of panicking and begging, these men had the utmost confidence in God. They knew that if it was God’s purpose, He would deliver them and save them from this mess. They trusted him to do so – but their faith didn’t stop there! These men also trusted God enough to say, “even if He doesn’t save us from this, we will still serve him.” They knew that their God was right and holy, and if He chose to leave them in the situation, they trusted that He knew what he was doing. Their trust in Him was not conditional.
How often is our trust in God conditional?
How often do we think “God, if you don’t get me out of this, you must hate me…”
How often do we push God away when pain comes into our lives?
I know I do, and I’m confident I am not the only one!
The thing is, God is always good. Always. He is perfect, so all that He does is perfect, regardless of what we think.
We can come up with countless ways that we think things would be best. We can come up with lists and hypotheticals about the ways we wish things were, but ultimately, God knows what is best.
If God had left Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednigo in the flames and let them die, He would still be holy, He would still be right, and He would still be good!
In the same way, if my countless prayers for protection for my family had not been answered, God would still be good. If my friends all abandoned me, my husband was taken away, and I lost all I had, God would still be good.
God has given us all we need in Jesus Christ and the salvation that we have through Him. He is perfect and all He does is perfect.
Thank God that He gives us even more than we need! I am so thankful for my wonderful husband and all my family. I am thankful for my friends, my house, my dogs, my blog, and everything that He has given. And He joys in giving us things that glorify Him and make our hearts happy simultaneously. Praise Him!
But if He took that all away or never blessed me again (I pray that doesn’t happen), He is still good. And I should still praise Him!
Do we believe that? How can we better trust God for that truth?
*Father God in Heaven, I pray that You will help us to love You with our whole hearts. I pray that You will teach us to be thankful and joyful for the things You’ve blessed us with, without holding them too tightly or making them idols. I pray that You will help our trust in and love for You be as strong as these men’s faith and love. Please work this in all of us and help us live in and by this, regardless of the circumstances. Help us truly mean it when we say “but if not, You are still good”. Thank You for your blessings, God in Heaven. Help us trust You in every way and never fear. In Jesus’ name, amen.*
Kristin Cook is a blogger with a deep passion for encouraging others in the Lord. She and her husband lead a young-adult bible study in their home, and want people to know there is always room for more in the Lord’s family. Kristin’s blog, The Peculiar Treasure, is meant to encourage young women to be themselves, to know their worth and to submit to the Lordship of Jesus Christ in every action, thought and intention.