Faith: Believing God can, will, even if he doesn’t

In Matthew 19:26, Jesus made this powerful statement: “With God, all things are possible.” This verse and many like it refer to the omnipotence of God.

Our confidence in God’s ability is called faith. Faith comes in a variety of shapes and sizes, but it begins with believing God can.

Genesis 1:1 says, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” From the very first verse of the Bible, a step of faith is required. We choose to believe that God created the heavens and the earth. The alternative is to try to intellectualize things and explain away every detail of the creation story. Faith begins with believing God can.

The next level of faith believes God will. A great example of this level of faith is a teenage shepherd boy named David. The army of the Israelites had come face to face with the army of the Philistines.

One warrior, by the name of Goliath, was taunting the armies of Israel and challenging anyone to face him in a duel. A teenage shepherd boy stepped up to the challenge as he confronted and killed Israel’s enemy. David had incredible confidence and believed that his God was bigger than the opposing giant (see 1 Samuel 17). David didn’t just believe that his God could. He had faith to believe that his God would.

The deepest level of faith says God can … he will … but even if he doesn’t … I still choose to believe. Three Hebrew teenagers show us what this level of faith looks like.

The King of Babylon was calling for everyone to bow down and worship an idol. But Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego said, “No thanks.” They would have no part of the King’s plan. Their worship was reserved for the one true living God, not the King’s fabricated god.

The king threatened to throw the boys into a fiery furnace if they did not comply with his instructions. In Daniel 3:17 they replied, “If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it and He will rescue us from your hand, O king.”

There, we see the first two levels of faith. God can and God will. Then in verse 18, they said, “Even if he does not, we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”

BIG Faith says, my God can, my God will, but even if he doesn’t, I will still believe.