Iffy Faith – Beloved Women - April 24, 2019
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. 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. – Daniel 3:17-18 ESV
“Sure. I can do that for you if you’ll do...for me.”
“If” is a powerful two-letter word. We use “if” to protect ourselves from disappointment and loss. It’s our way of guaranteeing favorable results.
Unfortunately, “if” can sometimes sneak into our faith. We may find ourselves exercising iffy faith, choosing to praise God only if our conditions are met.
As we open our Bibles to Daniel 3, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego refuse to bow down to King Nebuchadnezzar’s golden image. Despite their imminent danger, the boys declared that God would rescue them from the King’s fiery furnace. But even if He didn’t, they’d still refused to compromise their faith by worshiping his idol.
True worship is God-centered and unconditional of our circumstances. Which do you have? Even if or iffy faith? In all circumstances, God is worthy of our praise. Like these 3 Hebrew boys, let’s choose to exercise even if faith in the midst of life’s iffy circumstances.
God thank You for loving us unconditionally. Please open our eyes to any areas in our lives where our obedience and love for You may be conditional. You are worthy of all of our praise regardless of life’s circumstances. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
Are there any areas in your life where your worship or obedience to God are conditional? How will you trust God to transform your iffy faith into even if faith?
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