“If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king.” Daniel 3:17 NKJV
“The Covid test is positive.”
Those were the words the Urgent Care doctor softly spoke as he reentered the room.
My mind immediately rushed through all the people I had been in contact with the past several days.
Was I contagious when I went to sit with my grieving friend? Or when I was with my daughter’s best friend who just found out she’s diabetic?
Was I contagious when I had dinner with my sweet friend and her new daughter-in-law, both with auto immune diseases.
Then there was my three-year-old granddaughter who had visited briefly the day before. She has severe asthma and could be at risk.
And what about my husband who sleeps right next to me. Or our two twenty-somethings still living at home.
“Oh Lord!” I silently prayed. “Please protect them.”
Returning home and barricading myself in my room, I began crying out to God - fear running rampant. After pouring my heart out, I laid on my bed, head buried in my pillow, heart racing with despair. As I lay there in the stillness, embracing God’s presence, I heard Him whisper:
“Jane, give Me your worst case scenario. Trust Me with it.”
In Daniel 3 we encounter three friends who face their worst case scenario with complete trust in God. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego have refused to bow down to Nebuchadnezzar’s gold statue. In his fury, the king ordered them thrown into a blazing furnace, heated seven times hotter than normal. Despite this fate these three friends are unmoved, they continue to believe in God’s faithfulness and power to act on their behalf. Their trust is not in vain. God came down, unbound them, and walked among the flames with them!
Trusting God with our worst case scenario brings His powerful presence into our chaotic circumstance.
In 1 John 4, the apostle John declares: “God is Love…Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear…” (1 John 4:16b, 18a NLT)
With God’s perfect love living inside us we are able to lean into His sovereignty. Remembering He is sovereign over all things enables us to face our fears with courage.
Trusting God with our worst case scenario allows His perfect love to cast out our frantic fears.
What fearful circumstance are you facing?
Will you trust God with your worst case scenario?
He is faithful
Father God, You know my fears, my worst case scenario. You are sovereign over all my circumstances. You promise to perfect all that concerns me. I give You my worst case scenario. Perfect Your flawless master plan in my fearful circumstance. Amen.