*I wrote the following piece in 2014. At the time (and since), this “worst case scenario” revelation delivered me from some looming fears in my life. I pray that it does the same for you. Shalom, Big D
So, you find yourself in a pickle. Consider thinking about the worst case scenario for a moment. Ultimately, the enemy wants us to FEAR the worst case scenario, but GOD wants us to trust HIM even in the worst thing that can happen. When we choose faith, we DISARM the devil of the only weapon he really has to work with, and that is fear. At first, I thought that considering “what’s the worst that can happen?” was a lack of faith, but then, in Bible Study we realized that if we can have faith in God even in the worst case, then we have already WON the victory! Besides, we have tons of examples in the Bible where it looked like a hopeless situation.
Think about Joseph (Starting in Genesis 37). Joseph was sold by his brothers to slave traders. He was falsely accused of making advances on the wife of a very important man. He was thrown into jail for an undetermined time and when he finally saw a way out of jail through his interpretation of the dreams of two important guys, the only one who could help him forgot about him and he stayed in prison for an even longer time. But Joseph’s story didn’t end there. The best case scenario awaited him as he was finally taken to the palace and appointed second in command to Pharaoh himself!
So, not only will the Lord get us THROUGH the worst case, but many times HE will bring us TO the BEST CASE SCENARIO!
Here are a couple more Biblical examples of Worst Case to Best Case Scenarios. We’ve already talked about Joseph who went from the PIT to the PALACE. Now let’s talk about JOB (pronounced, JOBE). Job was a very wealthy guy, but in a matter of hours he lost all his possessions, his business, his ten children, and his health. Worst Case? I’d say so! Job lost every single thing he had. On top of everything, even his wife was mad at HIM! Still, he held fast to his integrity and love for God. BUT in the end, God rewarded Job with the best case scenario: “After Job had prayed for his friends, the Lord restored his fortunes and gave him twice as much as he had before.” (Job 42:10) “The Lord blessed the latter part of Job’s life more than the former part.” (Job 42:12)
Best case? Yup!
Finally, we have Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, three Hebrew teens who had been taken to Babylon as captives. After some time in captivity, even though they knew the penalty for disobedience was a fiery death, they refused to obey the decree of the King to bow down and worship an idol. Surprisingly, these young guys really understood this concept of “God being the God of the worst case scenario.” Listen to what they said to the King in Daniel 3:16-18, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to give you an answer concerning this matter. If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the furnace of blazing fire; and He will deliver us out of your hand, O king. But even if He does not, let it be known to you, O king, that we are not going to serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.” This made the King so angry that he had the furnace heated up SEVEN TIMES HOTTER than normal just for them! Then, he had them bound, and thrown into the blazing fire. WORST CASE? Absolutely. But wait, there’s more! As the King looked into the furnace, he said, “Look! I see four men loosed and walking about in the midst of the fire without harm, and the appearance of the fourth is like a son of the gods!” The King shouted to them to come out of the furnace. The funny thing was, when they “walked” out, their clothes weren’t burned, their hair wasn’t singed, and they didn’t even SMELL LIKE SMOKE! Hallelujah! King Nebuchadnezzar was so blown away by this miracle that he decreed, “No one should speak anything offensive to the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.” But there’s more. These three captive teens became rich and highly respected in Babylon! Best case? You betcha!
As we see from each of these examples, one of the keys to experiencing the best case scenario is to have an unshakable, immovable trust in the Lord during the worst case scenario.
So, the next time you find yourself at the precipice of “the worst case scenario,” just take a deep breath, don’t be afraid because God is sovereign and He’s with you. He will be with you the whole time, and you will find Him waiting at the other end of your trial. He is God. Romans 8:28 (“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”) assures every child of God that the best case scenario is waiting for us at the end of it all.
So, no matter what kind of pickle you currently find yourself in, remember that God is the God of the worst case scenario.
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