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But, if not

But, if not

written by Ashley August 17, 2019

Daniel 3:18 “But even if He does not, let it be known to you, O king, that we are not going to serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.”

Didn’t get that promotion you wanted? Did not receive the news you wanted to receive at your last doctor’s visit? This passage from Daniel reminds me of so many things and times something “did not” go my way, or the way I thought it should have gone. Although it is not always easy to understand “why not” or “did not.” But one thing is that God is still good.

But, If not

I often am guilty of planning and plotting everything and having an idea of how something is supposed to happen or turn out. When it doesn’t turn out the way I thought it should have, I find myself upset. Perhaps you are mad because the ending was just not what it should have been. Or maybe the news you received rocked you to the core and it just isn’t supposed to be this way. All these questions are so easy to ask. But, are we ready for the answer?

God has our lives mapped out for us from the beginning. Although you may not understand at the time why something did not go your way, rest assured that God planned it that way, with your best intentions in mind. I know we are so quick to throw our hands up and ask God, “why?”

Sisters, life is hard. Even if you feel like your world is going alright but there are so many others around you who are dealing with issues that seem so much more than yours. I find myself praying for those people and asking God to deliver them or to allow them to feel His presence and loving arms. So, how is it that we can see the struggling within
others and can quickly jump to praying for their situation to change or for God to intervene in whichever way He finds fit necessary. But, what about ourselves? Are we just hoping that the outsiders are seeing our struggle and doing the same prayer for us?

Situations

Not too long ago, I decided I had been praying for God to change my situation for too long, without an answer. Little did I know that He was not interested in changing my situation, He was allowing my situation to change me. I was able to change into the person I needed to be to handle the situation I was in. But He was still good, and although at that moment I did not understand why He didn’t change my situation, I now know. He was changing me into being the person I needed to be to rise to the top.

So, even during my moment of weakness when I would find myself asking God, why He was not delivering me and answering my prayers. It was then that I realized God is not answering prayers the way we want Him too. God is answering prayers for what is best for us, even when we cannot see.

God can save us from our situations and despair, but if He does not, we are to still love Him and trust that He is good. The answers to our prayers may not always be the ones we were hoping for or even understand. Some of God’s answers may be hard to accept and the road may we must travel is not an easy one. Regardless of the things we must go through, God is still good even when our situations are not. The situations we face are not ever going to change the fact that Christ paid it all. We can put our hope in Him because of what He has already done for us, not what the situations are doing to us.

And if not….He is still God
And if not…He still loves us, always and forever

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