I have been thinking a lot about everything God means to me — his attributes and such.
the Lord brought me to the passage in daniel about shadrach, meshach, abednego, and the fiery furnace. my elementary school self was completely terrified and amazed when I first heard this story. terrified, because who wouldn’t be freaked out when about to be thrown into a fire?! amazed because of how flipping awesome Jesus is — homeboy is a superhero that can walk through fire!
God showed me a very important aspect of his being through this passage:
we can’t change God’s status because the status of our own circumstances.
we are a success-oriented people. when we do good things, we get rewarded. that is the world we live in. Jesus isn’t like that. he doesn’t love us any more when we succeed. he doesn’t love us any less when we fail.
I used to think I had to win God’s love by being the perfect christian. I spent the majority of the last four years thinking I somehow needed to be perfect. I thought I needed to fill all the holes, fix all the people, and learn everything there is to learn about God. I desired to please God — which is by no means a bad thing.
But I was looking at it all wrong.
an old friend once told me, we want to be in control when we are by no means qualified to do so. If God was to let us actually determine what happened in every situation we would be more of a wreck than we already are. It’s so comforting to know though, that when we do take control and mess up that He can still use it for Him.
God isn’t looking for perfection. that is what Jesus is for.
God is looking for willingness. he is looking for participation. he is looking to use you in your mess — with your scars and all. God will use you in your sweatpants and t-shirt. he will use the beautiful mess that you are for his glory.
Jesus doesn’t change — ever.
he is good whether you get all A’s or not. he is just as good whether you date for one month or have been married for ten years. Jesus is good whether you feel loved or feel like everyone has turned their backs on you. he is good whether he says yes to a prayer or I have something better. he is just as good no matter the circumstance.
“but if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.” daniel 3:18
even when shadrach, meshach, and abednego were facing death, they refused to worship other gods. they remembered that no matter the circumstances, God is just as good as he was yesterday and just as good as he will be tomorrow.
God, help me to remember that you are not only good — you are just as good.