Tuesday, September 6, 2011
God Is Able...But What If He Chooses Not To Deliver You?
Recently, I had a conversation with the adoptive mom of a precious child with significant medical needs. Our conversation was centered around the child's intense desire and prayers for healing in his body, but the struggle with the reality that God hasn't chosen to heal him, to date. Does this make God unfair, unjust, unloving, or unable?
This conversation has stuck with me for several days as I've pondered the difficult task that these parents have been entrusted with - to help their child understand that God is still loving, kind, gracious, and merciful in the midst of unexplainable illness and difficulty.
Imagine my surprise when I was sitting in church yesterday morning and heard the message text pulled from Daniel 3. A familiar passage about the fiery furnace and how God delivered Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. It was verses 17 & 18 that really got me, "...our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king. But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up.”
God is able - that is pure truth. But sometimes He chooses to deliver us from our circumstances and sometimes He chooses not to. This is when our faith is truly tested.
Will we only put our trust in Him when He answers our prayers in the way that we want Him to?
Are we willing to put our unconditional faith and trust in Him because He knows the future and He knows what is best?