A Flexibility Clause is High Faith
“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. But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up." Daniel 3:17-18 NKJV
Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego spoke from a high level of faith that is a challenge to explain or practice. They were ordered by King Nebuchadnezzar to worship a golden image, but refused to do so. Because of their disobedience, they were given a death penalty, burning to death in a fiery furnace.
The ‘if not’ is a high level of flexibility faith, we are called to be choosers. “Beloved, think it not strange concerning some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice… I Peter 4:12-13. Rejoicing is the first choice for everything and anything. We choose to rejoice based on God’s Word, not feelings.
Emotions are powerful and real for the one feeling them. They are feelings on the inside that are ever changing and are not to be trusted when making life’s decisions. Emotions are capable of giving us right information, or inaccurate information. No matter how doubtful we may feel, we can decide to go forward in faith and choose to do the right thing. Rather than trying to escape from emotions, ask the Holy Spirit for revelation. It could be a call for change.
Satan uses emotions to deceive and lead astray. He works in our minds and in our emotions to try to discourage us from believing God’s promises. If we believe the lies of Satan, the lies affect our emotions. They get stirred up in the wrong direction, forgetting our faith and moving away from the will of God. That’s why unbelief is so destructive to the Christian faith.
Being a person of faith does not mean we will never have negative or ungodly emotions. We can exercise our faith and ask God to help us to have a good attitude, be thankful and not allow our emotions to control us so we can do what is right. How we respond emotionally determines the peace and joy we experience. God can make our emotions work for us, giving us peace and joy as we learn to respond to His Word and the leadership of the Holy Spirit. God wants us to trust Him because He has plans to bless us, bring us into increase and lead us to a better situation.
It is a common misconception that living a Christian life is an automatic pass from the adversities of this world. Adversity is no respecter of persons; it is a part of living in a fallen, imperfect world (Romans 2:11). God’s Word warns us to expect tribulation while on earth (John 16:33). Tribulation works to oppress and afflict; it is a time of suffering, a surprise delay, grief or sorrow. It appears to mock our faith.
We can pray, believe, speak words of faith, regroup and encourage our hope; it goes away for awhile and there it is again. The Lord makes it clear that withdrawing from adversity is not the answer. Instead of despairing, feeling overwhelmed or sinking in hopelessness, we can bounce back and be victorious.
God’s purpose for us is to have calmness and soul-quietness in the midst of tribulation (Johns 14:27). God tells us He will be with us through water and through fire (tests and trials). All situations serve a purpose; God is on our side, guiding, directing and keeping us safe. We will face obstacles and difficulties (flood and fire) as God continues to strengthen us and prepare us for greater good. When we get a revelation of who we are in Christ, we know that with Christ on the inside of us, there is nothing that can happen that is out of His control (I John 4:4).
Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego practiced their flexibility faith because they knew if they went into the furnace, God would be with them. It is important to believe that once we accept Jesus as our Savior, the Holy Spirit comes to live in us and He is always our helper. There are times when we make plans, but life happens, and life can overshadow those plans.
The ‘flexibility clause’ is the ability to take unexpected surprises into our lives without getting angry, disappointed, resentful, bitter or fearful. When a delay or change occurs, we are to worship God in Spirit and Truth, giving thanks for all things and in all things, doing everything to the glory of God (John 4:23, Colossians 3:17, I Thessalonians 5:18).
It takes faith to praise God when things look impossible. God has a plan for our deliverance in every situation. When we surrender our control over the concerns of life to God, there is power. We have to choose to believe God is faithful and He will work out our concerns for us. Faith released through praise and thanksgiving opens the windows of heaven to overcome difficulty. Joyful praise and thanksgiving unleashes the power of the Holy Spirit to work on our behalf; He is our helper every moment and for every occasion.