Monday, March 13, 2006
In Difficult Times
Although this life may not always be comfortable nor pleasant, we have a heavenly Father we can depend on. When everything fails around us, He will see us through. Amen!
Daniel and his friends, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, although in exile, stayed loyal to the Lord. Daniel even denied the "good" food provided by the king. His wisdom to reveal the meaning of the king's dream, provides an opportunity to rely even more on the Lord. The king marveled at the greatness of the God of Daniel.
The king answered unto Daniel, and said, Of a truth it is, that your God is a God of gods, and a Lord of kings, and a revealer of secrets, seeing thou couldest reveal this secret. Daniel 2:47
Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-Nego had the experience of a life time, they arrived at a crisis... in the hot flames, the fiery furnace. They received deliverance through a manifestation of the Lord.
The result was far more than they ever could have dreamed. The Name of the Lord was glorified amongst ALL that were present.They may have been singing the psalm below.
In the multitude of my thoughts within me thy comforts delight my soul. Shall the throne of iniquity have fellowship with thee, which frameth mischief by a law? They gather themselves together against the soul of the righteous, and condemn the innocent blood. But the LORD is my defence; and my God is the rock of my refuge. Psalm 94:19-22
Daniel had been serving the Lord for a long time, praying three times per day. Then the "laws" demanded no prayers for a certain length of time. Well, Daniel thought, I'm praying anyways, the Lord will keep me. With windows open and a loud voice, Daniel continued to pray three times per day, as written in Daniel 6:10,11
We all know the story, Daniel ended up in the lions' den. What a mistake! Was God failing Daniel?
Not at all.
Daniel was sustained by his faith in the Lord. The Lord rescued him. Daniel did have a definite purpose in that lions' den. In the deepest point of his life the Lord met Daniel. These men are the proof that in freedom or in exile faith in the Lord can be kept and that we don't have to follow the world, nor bow down for kings. With God's help His standards can be maintained.
With selfdiscipline, humbleness, courage and faith in God we can do the impossible and reach the unreachable.
Seek God while He still can be found.
Please, be encouraged by the following writing
http://achristiancounselor.com/trials.html TRIALS VERSUS TRIUMPH