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But if Not

September 21, 2015

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In Daniel chapter 3, the “Three Hebrew Children,” to put it lightly, were in a “tight spot.” Their very lives were in the balance. The king held the power of their lives in his hands, or so he thought.

Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego knew that things are not always as they appeared to be, and that what they saw with their eyes was not the real picture of the situation. Despite the fact that King Nebuchadnezzar was an earthly monarch which appeared to have their destiny under his control, they knew that there was a heavenly Sovereign Who had all things under His control. They knew that God was able to deliver them!

Listen to their response to the king.

… Our God … is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace …

It can bring great peace to any trial or situation that we face to know in our hearts that “… Our God … is able to deliver us.” Faith calls us to live daily in these words: “God … is able!” Yet, faith is even greater than all of this! Faith calls us to live beyond “God … is able!” Listen to the rest of their response.

But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods, nor worship the golden image which you have set up.

Just as with the “Three Hebrew Children,” God is able to deliver us from our trials and troubles, however great they are; but if He does not, He is still our God, He is still in control, and He is still working “all things after the counsel of His Own will!” (Ephesians 1:11), “He is working all together for good” (Romans 8:28). Faith calls us to far greater heights, to live daily in these words: “But if not!”

We can’t always understand the great trials of life; we can’t always understand what is truly best for us and our loved ones; we can’t always see the “big picture” for what it really is – from its heavenly perspective – but rest in this immovable fact: Father does, and can!

Father is able to deliver you from your current situation that at this moment may seem so hopeless; “but if not,” nothing’s changed: He’s still the Great God, and sometimes in His great love and wisdom He’s destined for you not deliverance, but endurance – and that by His unfailing grace. The knowledge of this can settle the weary heart and bring peace to the troubled mind.

Regardless of the situations that we face, Father is in control. Rest in that.

C2Pilkington-4Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.

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Shall We Not Receive Evil?

September 17, 2015

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“What? Shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil” In all this Job did not sin with his lips (Job 2:9-10).

God always knows best. The evil which He creates in our lives (Isaiah 45:7) plays a key part in our spiritual development and maturity. Job learned to recognize that good as well as evil came from the very “hand of God.”

So many who profess to know God do not acknowledge this important truth. For them, even to suggest that “evil” comes to them from the hand of God is sinful; yet Job declared it to be so, with his own lips, and God proclaimed of him, “In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.”

Faith recognizes that the rain is as important as the sunshine, that the tears are as needed as laughter, and that the dark colors are as valuable in the tapestry as are the light. Like a building under construction, a painting yet wet and unfinished, a batter unbaked, a tapestry still being woven, a tree that has yet to reach maturity, we with patience await the Master’s grand completion.

I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the Lord do all these things (Isaiah 45:7.)

Father has a plan, He is in control. Rest in that.

C2Pilkington-4Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.

God Meant It for Good

September 15, 2015

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God’s hand in our lives leaves no place untouched. Even that which seemingly is working against us is used by our Father to fulfill His Own good purpose in our lives.

A powerful example of this is demonstrated in the life of Joseph. His brothers had sold him into slavery. In what would appear to many as a very sad and unfortunate turn of events, Joseph saw a divine appointment: “God meant it for good.”

But as for you, you thought evil against me; but God meant it for good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive (Genesis 50:20).

Do not be discouraged in your severest of trials. Trust God’s steady, unfailing hand in all that we experience – in the “good” as well as in the “evil.” The knowledge that “God meant it for good” can settle the tired heart and bring peace to the worried mind.

Father has a plan, He is in control. Rest in that.

C2Pilkington-4Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.


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