It’s never as bad as all that! – Ruth 1: 19 – 22
When disaster strikes the ability to not run ahead is so important.
If faith is being certain of what you do not see then faith is also refusing to see what is certain.
Remember Shadrach, Meschach and Abednego? A furnace was heated 7 times hotter than usual. They refused to bow down in worship to the king and were thrown into the furnace.
Remember Daniel and the lion’s den? Daniel was caught praying to God and although the king tried to save him, Daniel was thrown into a den of hungry lions. The Bible says a royal signet ring sealed the stone over the den “so that Daniel’s situation might not be changed”
Shadrach, Meschach and Abednego’s faith caused them to see something other than the fiery furnace. The result? The Son of God entered the furnace as a 4th man and they were brought out alive. Daniel’s faith caused him to see something other than the lion’s mouths. The result? An angel joined Daniel in the lions den and closed the mouths of each lion.
These situations speak because they have positive endings. But what if you face a situation “so that (your name) situation might not be changed” and in the end it doesn’t change?
What if the certainty is that you face the pain of public flogging, the isolation and cruelty of prison? What if the certainty is being stoned to death, or sawn in two, or killed by a sword and it actually happens? These incidents are recorded in the greatest chapter of faith in the Bible, in Hebrews 11. They were commended for their faith because they refused to look at the certainty of the starvation, the stones, the sword, the flogging, the pain, the humiliation.
Faith causes a looking and a longing for something better. Faith says it’s never as bad as all that.