“If our God, whom we serve, can save us from the white-hot furnace and from your hands, O King, may He save us! But even if He will not, you should know, O King, that we will not serve your god or worship the golden statue which you set up.” (Daniel 3:17-18)Wow! Am I that faithful? They knew God could save them, and they hoped that He would, but they did not base their faith in Him on how He would answer their prayer. Do I truly trust God to do what is best for me? Can I say, “Even if He will not answer my prayer the way I want, I will still serve the Lord.” Even if He will not cure my daughter of her mental illness … Even if He will not take away my mother’s cancer … Even if He will not deliver my friend from his addiction … Even if He will not heal my marriage … Even if He will not find me a job by the end of the month when all the bills are due … Even if He will not pay all my bills … Even if He will not … (you fill in the blank). Even if He will not deliver me from this valley of darkness, I will still trust and serve Him. My trust in God does not come from what He does for me, but from Who He is to me. I serve Him not because of what I get out of it, but simply because He is, so I will. In the moment, I may not know how everything will turn out. I may not understand why this is happening. One thing I do know for sure, though, is that when I look back on my life, I can see God’s wisdom and providence. So, I will serve God, even if He will not save me from my current condition. Yet, I trust that He will because He always keeps His promises. God will not be outdone in faithfulness. The story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego is proof.
Copyright 2019 Kelly Guest
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God has given Kelly lots of wonderful opportunities to follow Him. She was a Dominican Sister of St. Cecilia in Nashville, an education coordinator for a Catholic Charities' program for pregnant teens, a middle school teacher, a director of religious education and is now a youth minister. Her most challenging and rewarding calling, though, is wife and mother of ten children. What she has learned, she blogs at CatholicMom.com.