"For he is the living God and he endures forever; his kingdom will not be destroyed, his dominion will never end. He rescues and he saves; he performs signs and wonders in the heavens and on the earth."
I deliberately left off the reference information, as well as the final part of that verse. I was directed once again to the Bible during my prayer time, as I sat out in the parking lot of work, early once again for even the security badge to work. I've spent alot of time lately wondering when the dam is going to break and flood the surrounding countryside. Already the cracks and crevases are appearing on the wall and I am helpless to stop the impending disaster. If it were simply me, I'd wave fairwell to friends and family and let the dam go. But there is my family.
How much change can a man face in a relatively short period of time? How much defeat, disappointment, despair, and heartache can he manage before he disappears under the flood of emotional and mental distress? How much can God expect him to take?
Isn't there a verse within the covers of the Bible that say His plans won't harm us? That He will give us nothing more than we can handle? If so, I think I would like to handle a bit less than what He's given or allowed, a little less than I have on this plate I hold in a percarious hold. Any more, and it will surely tip over dumping everything.
I have done what God has given me to do, have done it without reservation and hesitation. I trust in God to provide and shape me into the effective minister and man of God that He has designed me to be. Yet disaster continually looms. Distress and hardship have become constant bedfellows.
Daniel faced the power of the lions and survived. The end of the verse I've quoted from the NIV of Daniel 6:26b-27 is "He has rescued Daniel from the power of the lions." Now, one might think that this is Daniel himself who is expressing his appreciation to God for what He had done, saving him from the lions den because of his devotion to the Living God. But it is Darius, the King, who is expressing this praise to God. In fact, in verse 16, Darius expresses his hope to Daniel as the stone is rolled into place, "May your God, whom you serve continually, rescue you."
Is my disasters being viewed by those around me, who don't know the personal salvation that is offered through the Son, in such a light? Is there someone, waiting silently out of eyesight, who is betting that I will turn upon the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob when the 'chips are down?' Or, is it causing them to look deeper into what brings me the strength to endure?
As Daniel was shut into the den of the lions, facing what seemed sure death, he had to hear the cry and plea of the King. I hear the cry of my Saviour as I face the trials and tribulations that come my way.
To honor Him, to praise Him, and to place my trust in Him.