BUT IF NOT…

My associate pastor and dear friend reminded me of the passage below yesterday. If you’re familiar with the Bible, you know the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego and how they, and all the people in Babylon, were being forced to bow down and worship a false god/golden image set up by the king. Whoever did not bow, would be killed by being thrown into a fiery furnace.

Well, these three godly men did not bow and were brought before King Nebuchadnezzar. He gave them one final opportunity to bow and told them if they didn’t, they would be killed. Here is how these godly men responded to the king:

“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).”

As my friend reminded me yesterday, there are three key words in those verses, “BUT IF NOT…” These men knew and trusted their God, the one true God, completely, but also knew that if He chose not to deliver them on earth, that He would deliver them eternally. So, it wasn’t really a matter of “if,” but “how” God would chose to deliver them. The point was…they trusted their God no matter what.

This is where Emily and I are today…asking God for a miracle for Trey here, but also saying, “BUT IF NOT,” we will worship and serve God no matter what happens. Here is a passage of Scripture my wife shared with me this morning and has written on our white board in Trey’s room for all to see:

“God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying.
There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”
Then HE who sat on the throne said, “BEHOLD, I MAKE ALL THINGS NEW.”
Rev. 21:4-5

We know our God, one way or another, will make all things new!

I’ll update more later. Keep praying. We love you!

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