Daily Delight

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

16-18 S​hadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered King Nebuchadnezzar, 

"Your threat means nothing to us. If you throw us in the fire, the God we serve can rescue us from your roaring furnace and anything else you might cook up , O king. ​But even if he doesn't, it wouldn't make a bit of difference, O king. W​e still wouldn’t serve your gods or worship the gold statue you set up.” (Daniel 3:6-18, Message)

And if not, He is still good.

At a women’s conference I went to last fall, author Annie Downs asked a question that rocked me:

"How do you craft a life that brings God glory and brings you joy, even if God doesn't answer your deepest prayers?”

Faith is such a scary thing. I don't know if I could be like Meshach, Shadrach, and Abednego- I’d be running for the hills if it saved me and my way of doing things. How on earth can I live a life where my plan and His plan might not match up? How can I live a happy, joyous life if it's not the life I have worked out for myself? I don’t want to imagine life any other way than how I have it planned, because I’m a pretty good planner and I like having things done my way. I have faith in my own plans and dreams. Do I have faith in God like Meshach, Shadrach, and Abednego did: a faith that says if life doesn’t go as planned, I will still call Him good?

He says we only need the faith of a mustard seed, yet some days I feel like I need faith bigger than Mt. Everest to just survive.

Even if He doesn't answer my deepest prayers the way I want Him to; if my hopes and desires for my life aren't what I planned; and even if I don't understand what He's doing or why He's doing it:
He is still God. He is still good.​ He has the plan. I am simply carrying it out the best way I can. 

May we have faith in what God is doing, and not what we are planning.
May we have faith even when everything is going wrong that He will make it all right.

May we have faith that He will give us the best life possible, even if it isn’t what we envisioned it to be.

And if He doesn’t do what we plan, or want, or pray for- may we have the faith to live a life that brings us joy brings Him glory, and live like He’s good. Because He is. And if not-- even if He doesn't do things “my" way-- He is still good. So, so good. 

{photo: @elissagram}

About the Author

Jordan Taylor is a 22 year old student living in the suburbs of Nashville, her lifelong hometown. She is currently studying to be an English teacher, and hopes to have a classroom full of crazy, loud middle schoolers in her near future! Jordan enjoys reading, long walks (anywhere, not just the beach!), crafting, listening to music, playing with her pug, Lola, and writing. She is learning how to be brave, love adventure, and try new things (a lifetime work in progress!). Jordan loves Jesus with all that she is, and is learning to let Him love her too. She enjoys rambling and writing about her faith at her blog, http://taylorjm.blogspot.com/, and is excited to share her journey with you all on DOD!


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