‘From Eden … to the Cross!’
“Conditional” testimonies are always dependent on things going “right” … from a purely human perspective. It’s easy to talk about being “blessed” when things are going well. People who believe in God, who trust in Jesus Christ, who are filled with the Spirit, often testify that God is good, kind, loving, gracious, compassionate, merciful, and faithful as they talk about ways that God has blessed and is blessing them. These testimonies are often heartfelt and point to God’s care for His children. Yet, the most powerful testimonies come during the times when those who know God and who trust in Him testify to His character and presence while they are facing difficult circumstances that could easily produce fear, anxiety and despair. At times like that it is much easier to allow your mind to embrace all of the “What if …?” questions, entertaining the possible “negative” outcomes of your present circumstances, even imagining future scenarios that would yield nothing but heartache and sorrow. Daniel and his three friends most certainly could have fallen into such a pattern of thinking because of their circumstances, but instead, they had a different perspective, produced by the work of God’s Spirit within them and their knowledge of the God they believed in!! Rather than thinking, “What if …?”, they declared, “Even if …”!!! They had no doubt that God was more than able to deliver them from circumstances that appeared to make their deaths imminent, but they boldly testified that “EVEN IF He didn’t,” they would still worship and obey Him rather than man. They knew something WE need to know about God, about His power and ability to save, and about their responsibility to stand firm and to testify!! Are YOU ready, able, and willing to do the same???