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Day 7 – Even if…
by Sarah Micula
All these people died still believing what God had promised them. They did not receive what was promised, but they saw it all from a distance and welcomed it.
In the last three years I’ve had, what I called, ‘even if’ moments with God. Three times He’s asked me, “Will you follow me even if…” Even if I didn’t receive what my heart’s desire. Even if my prayers weren’t answered the way I prayed them. These moments have shaped my faith and the way I view God. My everyday offering is choosing daily to say—and truly believe—that God is good no matter what. God is good even when our hearts get broken. God is good even when depression is dark and deep. God is good when your future looks different that you hoped.
Hebrews 11 was the scripture passage that the Holy Spirit used to remove the scales from my eyes. Moses didn’t get to go to the Promise Land, but he still called God “the Rock, his deeds are perfect. Everything he does is just and fair. He is a faithful God who does no wrong; how just and upright he is!” Deuteronomy 32:4. When I first read Hebrews 11:13, which says “All these people died still believing what God had promised them. They did not receive what was promised, but they saw it all from a distance and welcomed it,” lying in my bed, I sat straight up, in shock. So even if I’m faithful and obedient, I still may not receive the desires of my heart? I still may not receive promises from God? And then the Lord whispered to me, “Yes, and will you still follow me?”
God is faithful even when it doesn’t go our way. But will I be faithful to him? Will I daily choose him and give him the everyday, ordinary parts of my life, even if I don’t receive the desire of my heart? Yes, I will, even if.
Thoughts to Ponder:
What’s your scariest even if?
What do you hear God telling you about himself from Sarah’s experiences?