What if Liverpool were to finally win the Premier League? What if my favourite Chinese closed down?
Very often, we think ‘What if?’ because of fear inside us.
I have a tendency to catastrophise and I don’t think I’m alone. Our minds can quickly turn to the worst-case scenario and soon enough we go from a place of peace to destructive fear. Whether it’s financial pressure, health scares, concerns about the future – our minds race to the ‘what if’s’
The trouble with our ‘what ifs’ is that they can leave us compromising our peace and replacing it with fear. Through the Daniel series we’re looking at how to live as people of faith, with no compromise. Our culture is full of opportunity for us to scroll through news and media and soon be filled with fear. And we need to do everything we can to guard our peace and not compromise it with fear.
In the heart of Daniel 3, we find Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in a desperate situation. Either they bow down to King Neb’s 90ft golden idol, or they’ll be thrown into a fiery furnace. Their resilience is incredible, and teaches us a great lesson when we’re in the face of difficult circumstances:
“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 3:17-18)
How could they remain people of no compromise, at a time when most of us would be fearing for our lives and tempted to give in and bow down?
I believe it’s because they grasped the truth that God is constantly faithful in our ever-changing circumstances. That’s how to turn our ‘what if’ into ‘even if’ in our lives.
We cling on to the truth of Hebrews 13:8
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever."
That’s the hope that will get you through today, this week, this month and through the anxious wait that you might be facing.
There’s a compromise before you, fear wants to replace your peace, and you know the easy option is to conform and to blend in, but remember this – Jesus is your only constant. He is constantly faithful in every circumstance.
Questions for discussion:
- Do you ever tend to ‘catastrophise’ and let your ‘what if’ questions lead to fear and doubt in your life?
- Have there been difficult times in your life where God hasn’t delivered you from the trial, but he has released you from its despair?
- How does the truth, that God is constantly faithful in your ever-changing circumstances, bring you peace?