DEVOTIONAL

Even if... 

A friend of mine recently got a tattoo on her forearm that says, “Even If…” And I’m not going to lie – even though weeks have passed since she shared via the socials, her post is still in the forefront of my brain. Dare I say, I’m a little obsessed with the message.

My friend drew her inspiration from a verse found in the Old Testament book of Daniel. In these verses, King Nebuchadnezzar has his finger on the kill button for our favorite Old Testament trio, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. The king offers them one last chance before they are tossed into the fire, and this is how the men reply:

“If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and he will rescue us from your hand, O king. But even if he does not, we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”

Wow. I mean really, I am impressed.

And it’s not the confidence in God to save them that stands out to me. Hello, this is GOD we’re talking about. He made the stars, the oceans, the mountains, and the human body. Of course he can save them from the fire! No, what gets me is their confidence that God is still good, even if he does not give them what they are hoping for. How can they believe that? Where’s the proof?

The proof is in the blessings God gives you each day. In the laughs with your friends in the hallways. In the vacations you take with your family. In the great workouts you have at the gym. In the classroom when something finally makes sense. In the moments of celebration with your team. 

So even if you do not get a good grade on your test. Even if you do not get the scholarship you applied for. Even if you do not get accepted to the school you were praying for. Even if you do not find closure in the relationship. Even when life feels like it will never be okay again.

God is still kind, and he still cares for you.

The proof is written all over the pages of the Bible in verses like these:

“11 ‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” – Jeremiah 29:11

“5 …As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor abandon you.” – Joshua 1:5b

“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” – Romans 5:8

“33 I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33

So my encouragement to you, my brothers and sisters in Christ, is this: Pray boldly and confidently. This is the God who handcrafted you and rose from the dead. Nothing is impossible with him. And “even if he does not,” praise God confidently for the blessings he still provides you each day.

-Ms. Nass