Peachy ?

“Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego answered and said to the king, ‘O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. If that is the case, 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.’” (Daniel 3:16-18) *1


Though the fig tree may not blossom,
Nor fruit be on the vines;
Though the labor of the olive may fail,
And the fields yield no food;
Though the flock may be cut off from the fold,
And there be no herd in the stalls—
Yet I will rejoice in the LORD,
I will joy in the God of my salvation.
Habakkuk 3:17-18 *1

Last time, I wrote,
“My faith is marked by my reliance on and trust in Him without regard to circumstance or outcome.”

OK … … what does that mean?

Yeah, I dunno either.

Here is where most I’ve read wander off trying to explain it using analogies about trusting bridges to get you safely across a river, or trusting an airplane to get you safely to your destination, or trusting a parachute to get you safely to the ground.  The only problem there is I watch the news; I’ve seen the cars in the river, I’ve seen the rescue teams at the crash sites; I’ve seen the results of a failed chute.  No doubt the survivors of such have a little less ‘faith’ in those things and have maybe more than a little trepidation about venturing there again.

We’ve done the same to many believers; sold them on just how peachy everything will be when they put their ‘faith’ in Jesus.  Then when the rains come, when the floods rise, when the job is lost, or the fires burn, or that child goes astray, or the spouse moves on, or the doctor uses ‘that’ word, or any of a thousand arrows that pierce the heart find their mark .. they lose their ‘faith’.

I don’t believe that ‘faith’ is the faith of scripture, I don’t think it was the faith of Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, and I don’t think it was the faith of Habakkuk.  That faith, the one I think pleases God, is the faith that flourishes when it’s your plane burning in the woods, the faith that strengthens when your child is in the river under the collapsed bridge, a faith that thrives under adversity.  That faith, the one I think pleases God, walks with Him in the midst of the fiery furnace, praises His salvation in starvation, sings hymns to the Most High God while chained in the bottom of a prison … drinks the cup empty that will not pass otherwise …

… without regard to circumstance or outcome.

That faith remains fully trusting of, fully loyal to, fully assured in, and fully reliant on the Most High God, no matter what might come, has come or remains here yet.

Is that the faith I have?  Do I have that faith?

I don’t know … I’m not sure I want to know, to be where I might find out.

I am quite aware that I am not a Paul, or a David, or an Elijah, I’m not even a decent Bubba … if I fail to measure up to the yardstick of man, how short am I from the measurement that counts??

So now what? 

Still digging, but I’m not sure I’ll tackle this one anymore, I much prefer the heart-warming stories, you know, the ones where everything is just peachy.  But I need wheels on this one, or handles, or …

I’ll be back …

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*1 “ALL Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.”

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“Anything is a blessing which makes us pray.”  — Charles Spurgeon

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