I’m sharing this with you because we oftentimes feel that bad things shouldn’t happen. We often wonder “why”? Even when we look at this storm Harvey and other tragedies around the world there’s an air of “why?”. I pray that as you read this it will help and give you hope.
16 So at last the king gave orders for Daniel to be arrested and thrown into the den of lions. The king said to him, “May your God, whom you worship continually, rescue you.” 17 A stone was brought and placed over the mouth of the den. The king sealed the stone with his own royal seal and the seals of his nobles, so that no one could rescue Daniel from the lions. 18 Then the king returned to his palace and spent the night fasting. He refused his usual entertainment and couldn’t sleep at all that night. 19 Very early the next morning, the king hurried out to the lions’ den. 20 When he got there, he called out in anguish, “Daniel, servant of the living God! Was your God, whom you worship continually, able to rescue you from the lions?” 21 Daniel answered, “Long live the king! 22 My God sent his angel to shut the lions’ mouths so that they would not hurt me, for I have been found innocent in his sight. And I have not wronged you, Your Majesty.”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.
If you read the whole story behind Daniel being in the lion’s den, you will see his enemies tried to kill him by preventing him from praying to God. But Daniel did pray, the Word states in Daniel 6:10 “…He prayed three times a day, just as he had always done, giving thanks to his God.” Daniel was a praying man, but notice that prayer did not keep him from getting thrown into the lion’s den Christians sometimes think, because I pray, nothing bad should happen to me. That is not necessarily true. Because you pray, you are not alone if something bad does happen. There is a big difference. God is not interested in your physical or emotional or financial comfort, He is interested in you becoming more like Him. He is interested in what matters for eternity. And what matters for eternity is how much you allowed the Spirit of God in you to overcome the evil nature also in you. Who is ruling in your heart will determine your behaviors and actives. And God is interested in not what you accumulate, but in whom you bring to heaven with you. These are the things that God will work out in your life for His purpose. So if you are going through something bad right now, don’t stop praying, don’t stop believing, know that He is with you to bring through the problem to make you more into His image so you are more usable for Him.
Have a God Day!
Daily Scripture commentary is written by Christine Zimmerman
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