Daniel was not shielded “from” danger but shielded “in” danger.
Daniel is a great example of doing what God wants despite the circumstances. By continuing to pray to God, he was cast into the den of lions. God could have wiped out the king, the king’s court, the palace, and everything around the king to keep Daniel from the lions. But instead, God allowed the world to see faith in action. Daniel wasn’t protected from the circumstances but from the results of the circumstances.
We, of course, should have the same faith. When all seems lost and we wonder how God could allow us to get in some mess we’re in, God is still in control. He may want to use us in a seemingly hopeless situation for His glory. He may want to show the world (or just one family member or co-worker), what true faith means—totally trusting God for the future, regardless of the circumstances of the present!
. . . put your trust in the Lord your God and you will be established. —2 Chronicles 20:20
In God I have put my trust, I shall not be afraid. What can man do to me? —Psalm 56:11
Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. —Matthew 10:28
I have a friend who married a man she thought was a good Christian believer. As the years went by, it turned out he wasn’t. Now he is dragging her down. He won’t allow her to participate in church activities or go to church more than once a week. Sometimes if he works late she’ll go anyway, but then gets it when he gets home. She feels called to do more in the church but says she has to submit to her husband’s wishes. What can she do?
This woman’s main concern should not be her being able to spend more time at church but rather to be the best witness to her husband. His eternity is what’s important. She has the possibility of being used by God in her husband’s life to lead him into a Lord and Savior relationship with his creator.
She should never disobey her husband’s wishes and sneak off to church. That would be a terrible testimony. Rather, she should be grateful she can attend even one service.
More importantly, she should live her life in such a way that her husband can SEE her leading a trusting, Christ-centered life—without her having to TELL him about the Christ-centered life.
. . . wives, be submissive to your own husbands so that even if any of them are disobedient to the word, they may be won without a word by the behavior of their wives. —1 Peter 3:1
For how do you know, O wife, whether you will (be used by God to) save your husband? —1 Corinthians 7:16
There may be a time in the future when she can spend more time at church. But for the time being, especially since her husband takes a dim view of church, where he spends eternity takes precedence.
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