We serve the living God who always endures (Daniel 6:26). He is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8). There is nothing that is too hard for Him (Jeremiah 32:17, 27). In Christ all things are possible for us – His servants who serve Him (Matthew 19:26).
I am so thankful for a husband who consults the Lord in all things, and who does not rely on his human resources and natural wisdom. He makes every effort to follow God’s Spirit, even when that goes against his natural inclinations or desires.
Daniel was a man of conviction as well (Daniel 6:22-26). This often caused him to suffer jail time, or separation from his family and friends; but he never backed down. He knew that God planted a seed for a miracle in every trial he faced.
Daniel’s work ethic and respectful submission to authority, even when falsely accused and jailed, earned him favor in the eyes of the authority figures of the kingdom in which he lived. God used him as a witness to an entire nation.
God also has individual plans for each of us. Plans to bless us and to care for us and to provide for all of our needs – large and small (Jeremiah 29:11). He makes it clear in His Word that obedience to His directives is more important to Him than all of our sacrifices (1 Samuel 15:22).
God cautions us not to allow the good decisions in life to overwhelm us, and to keep us from serving Him in the best choices. Busyness is not a sign of holiness, only walking in the Spirit will help us to achieve that status (Galatians 5:15-25).
Father God, even though our circumstances may be less than desirable, remind us that people are watching our reactions. Help us to draw strength from the example of people like Daniel, as well as from Your Holy Spirit within us. We want to serve You with our whole heart. Use us as salt and light in this dying world all around us (Matthew 5:13-14).
Help us to remain on the straight and narrow path even when those around us take the wide and easy road (Matthew 7:13-14). Teach us how to live up to Your Biblical standards on a daily basis, and to bless You with our whole heart, soul, mind, and strength (Mark 12:30). Thank You for continually providing for all of our needs from Your abundant and glorious riches (Philippians 4:19).
Thought for the Day:
God blesses us far above anything we could ever ask for or imagine; therefore, regardless of our current situation, we will determine to live for God with infinite integrity, committed conviction, and dedicated devotion.
– Ephesians 3:20