I have had so many blog post rolling around in my head lately but I have had to weigh them first. I have needed to ask myself, would what I am writing really bring God's glory. Sometimes the answer has been no, and so I have kept my fingers from the keys.
I am not talking about not being authentic or transparent. I have to say the times that I have been just that really have been the times that I believe God has used what I have written the most. I guess it boils down to motive. I really had to weigh why I wanted to write something. Honestly restraint is difficult sometimes especially where fragile emotions are concerned isn't it? So for now those blog post will be allowed to simmer and we will see if in time they ever come to boil.
The other day though, the Lord ministered so greatly to me. Those are the times I just want to shout and can not be silenced. This is not the first time nor will it be the last, I am sure, I will mention Pastor Steven Furtick. He's kinda like my guy version of Beth Moore. I mean he is real and authentic but man can he use the word in such a way that once you hear how he communicates it to you, you are forever changed.
It was through a little sermon clip of his in which he was talking about Shadrach, Messhach and Abendego as they were facing the fiery furnace. I am sure many of us have read this passage or heard it preached about on many occasions but this was one of those times when it just fit life circumstances perfectly and it simply came alive in my spirit.
The very morning before I watched it I had a deep conversation with my son about things in life that feel like a fiery furnace. Those things that seem like you will just burn up with either discouragement or frustration. You know those challenges that drain or weigh on you. The ones that don't even make sense. We all have them. Read how our subjects today responded when in one of these situations:
"Shadrach, Meshach and Abendego replied to him, "King Nebuchadnezzer, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty's hand. But even if he does not, we want you to know Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up."
Daniel 3 16-18
Basically as Pastor Furtick described "their faith was not based on God's response but on His character."
Here are some quotes I have to share and don't ever want to forget:
"Old school faith BELIEVES that God CAN, and EXPECTS that he WILL, but TRUSTS him even if He doesn't. " "Our God is able, competent, faithful and willing, but even if He doesn't step in we are still stepping out in faith. " "Stop searching for a faith that will keep you from the fire and start embracing the God who is with you in the fire."
So I wanted to remember this kind of faith with this acronym B.E.T.
I want to always Believe my God can, fully Expecting that He will, but even if He does not, I want to always Trust His character. He will "always be my God even if He doesn't. Just fill in your own blanks, for what you believe and expect.
The only thing I did not like about the acronym was the word bet. Like trusting God is a gamble or a risk. The truth is trusting God is the only safe bet in this life.
Safe bet is defined by Websters as "A bet that is certain to succeed. A thing which confidence can be placed regarding a future outcome."
I don't know about you but I am willing to take those odds. You can B.E.T on it!