#73 But If Not
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“He will deliver us out of your hand, O king. But if not …”
Daniel 3:17-18 ESV
That magnificent But if not!
To die to your preference, to give up your choice, IS surrender to the Almighty. These men had no choice about where to live, who was king, nor what they did with their lives. In some long and deep dealings, they had surrendered to that and helped each other to do so.
And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.
Ecclesiastes 4:12 ESV
The only choice they had was whether to accept that God ultimately holds all direction. God DOES hold all the choices, but we live in easy rebellion against His choices, believing that our decision must of course be His!
To Israel who failed to surrender, the Almighty demonstrated that His choice rules.
But if not…
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