The Dunkirk Evacuation, commonly known as the Miracle of Dunkirk, code-named Operation Dynamo by the British, was the evacuation of Allied soldiers from the beaches and harbor of Dunkirk, France, between May 27th and the early hours of June 4th 1940.
More than 300,000 the British, French, and Belgian troops were cut off by the German army during the Battle of Dunkirk in the Second World War and their death or capture seemed all but certain. The evacuation was ordered on May 26th along with a call by King George to pray for the troops.
In a speech to the House of Commons, Winston Churchill called the events in France “a colossal military disaster”, saying that “the whole root and core and brain of the British Army” had been stranded at Dunkirk. In his We shall fight on the beaches speech on June 4th, he hailed their rescue as a “miracle of deliverance”.
At one point during this whole series of events a message was sent to the war command: “But if not.”
It was a reference to the three Hebrews in the book of Daniel who refused to bow to a golden statue erected by King Nebuchadnezzar. The choice was bow to the statue and save their skin or honor God and face the fiery furnace.
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered and said to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. If this be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of your hand, O king. But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.” ~ Daniel 3:16-18 (ESV)
They chose to honor God and He rescued them from certain death, but what’s amazing is that they made their choice knowing God was able to save them but not knowing if He would save them.
We face difficult circumstances all the time. And it’s completely understandable to ask God to straighten out the kinks. But are we ready to trust Him even if He doesn’t? Will we say…
But if not.
© Richard Alvey and iLife Journey, 2013. All rights reserved.
4 responses to ““But if not.””
That is amazing. I think often we do ‘test God’ – making our trust in him/love for him dependent on his answers to our prayers. It’s so important to remember that he is good, all of the time, even if our circumstances remain the same. He has his purposes, and is completely trustworthy…
Thanks Rick for the great post,
You’re welcome Ali and thanks for sharing the journey!
Oh so true! Studying Daniel saturates the soul showing it’s a win-win-win situation serving God – He will ALWAYS deliver us: FROM the fire, THROUGH the fire, or (but if not) BY the fire straight into His loving arms
Well said! Thanks!