“Though the fig tree does not bud…, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD.”

Habakkuk 3:17-18
It’s easy to place conditions on God. Many a despondent person has told the Lord that they will trust and believe in Him forever if He will just get them out of their immediate bad situation. “I’ll trust you if you give me a good cancer report.” Or, “I’ll trust you if you heal my broken marriage.” For me it can be, “I’ll trust you if you show me progress today after years of therapy or if you give me the breakthrough I desperately want.”

 

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who faced certain death in the fiery furnace for obeying God instead of King Nebuchadnezzar, used a different phrase, to show their trust in God: “God… is able to save us from [the fiery furnace]…. But even if he does not, we… will not serve your gods” (Daniel 3:17-18). They did not say, “We’re going to trust in God because He is going to deliver us.” Rather, they said they would trust God even if He decided not to deliver them.

 

For every challenge, whether big or small, we have the opportunity to display unconditional trust in Jesus to a watching world.



Scripture Focus

Daniel 3

Insight

Lord, help us trust in You even if the outcome is not what we want. Amen

Bible In A Year

  • 1 Samuel 17
  • Psalm 128
  • 2 Corinthians 9-10