Daily Devotions

08/05/2018

Posted by Stacey Crawford on

Stacey Crawford

 

When my sister-in-law was diagnosed with cancer the first time about four years ago she had this theme that became a part of her life. It was this idea that “even if,” I will praise and trust God with what lies ahead. It almost became her motto. She even wrote and led a Bible study called If, where she encouraged others that no matter what comes, we can trust God. Well, this morning on my way in to work, a song came on the radio. This song is called “Even If” by the group Mercy Me.

 

Here are the lyrics to the chorus:

 

I know You're able and I know You can

Save through the fire with Your mighty hand

But even if You don't

My hope is You alone

I know the sorrow, and I know the hurt

Would all go away if You'd just say the word

But even if You don't

My hope is You alone

 

It immediately brought my sister-in-law to mind. I remember crying and singing this song when we found out her cancer was back and that it wasn’t looking good. I remember singing this, constantly using it as a way to remind myself even if God didn’t heal her physically here on earth, He is still good. I knew God could heal her. I knew God was bigger than the cancer that was taking over her body, but it was scary. It was hard to watch her walk through it; it was hard to look at my nephews and imagine them growing up without their mom. There was so much fear in the unknown. But I had to remind myself over and over that even if our greatest fear came to be, He was still good, He was still God, and He still had things under control. He can take away the sorrow, He can take away the grief, He can take away the pain in an instant, but even if He doesn’t, we have to remember that He alone is where our hope lies.

 

What is the “even if” for you? Maybe it’s the loss of a family member. Maybe you recently got a scary health report. It could be just a difficult season you find yourself in with your marriage, parenting, or relationships. I encourage you today to give your “even if” over to God. Even if the relationship isn’t fixed, even if the cancer diagnosis comes, even if the loved one passes away, even if the anxiety never goes away…we still have a God who is worthy to be praised. There is still a God who is listening, a God who feels your pain, a God who you truly can put your hope in. As you walk through the unknowns and the difficult seasons, remember that no matter what, God alone is where we can hope. He knows, He sees, He cares, and He will sustain and help you through whatever comes your way…even if the unthinkable happens. Choose today to worship God even if the cancer takes over. Choose today to praise God even if life takes a turn for the worst. Choose today to trust that He is where your hope lies, and He alone is the one who is going to help you through…even if.

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