Your Faith Can Get You Through Anything
Key Verse to Read and Treasure:
Then the king commanded, and Daniel was brought and cast into the den of lions. The king declared to Daniel, “May your God, whom you serve continually, deliver you!” and a stone was brought and laid at the mouth of the den, and the king sealed it with his own signet and with the signet of the lords, that nothing might be changed concerning Daniel. (Daniel 6:16,17, ESV)
Recently, the three women held captive in Cleveland during the early to mid 2000’s by a man for more than ten years celebrated ten years of being free. Many news shows featured one of more of the women doing a follow-up story to see how they are faring. In the books they have written since their captivity ended each one has talked extensively about their faith in God to one day deliver them. Their faith is what helped them to hold on through some of the most severe beatings and abuses that could be inflicted upon a person. Their story, like so many others who have endured harsh and severe conditions are a reminder that our faith in God can get us through anything.
The writer of Hebrews defines faith as “The assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1) So we can understand “faith” to be being confident or trusting that what God says and promises is true even when we don’t see the evidence or manifestation of it (yet).
Daniel was a man with strong convictions with principles he was willing to die for. Whether it had to do with the dietary standards he followed, to adhering to his practice of praying to his God despite what the laws of the land were. Daniel was a man of great faith and that made him go down in Christian history as a great man. In his lifetime Daniel endured trials and persecutions because of his unwavering faith in God.
When we read Daniel’s story, we can see how his enemies not only disliked him, but they were also intent of harming or killing him. That is the mark of a true enemy: not only do they dislike us, talk about us but seek to bring harm to us and take or destroy our life in some way, through some means. Daniel’s enemies were strong and vicious, but Daniel’s God was stronger and more determined to bring his servant through every trial he faced. Because Daniel made his home in the Lord, God made his home in Daniel and filled Daniel up with faith that allowed him to be strong, and unflinching amid hungry, man-eating lions.
The Word of God is a living Word, and every promise God has made, every story he has recorded there is purposed to grow our faith in him as Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 1:20, “For all the promises of god find their Yes in him.” Daniel’s faithful God did not cease being faithful once the Old Testament turned into the New, but God is the same today and forevermore (Heb. 13:5). The same God that helped Daniel remain confident, calm, assured and unmoved in the den of lions is the same God with us today. The One we can put our faith in and get through anything this world and the devil throws at us.
Are we going through financial struggles and experiencing lack? Our faith in God can bring us through. Are we going through health issues and have no answers for our condition? Our faith in God can get us through. Are we going through fiery trials in our marriage? Our faith in God can get us through. Are we going through difficulties with rebellious children? Our faith in God can get us through. Are we struggling on any level with anything; like Daniel in a modern-day lion’s den with enemies snapping at our heals seeking to devour us, like the women held captive by a cruel and abusive captor? Our faith in God can get us through because we know our God to be not only a sustainer, strengthener, and encourager but a strong deliverer who loves his children fiercely, passionately, and eternally.
Faithful God, Father of all goodness and mercy, fill me up with faith so that same faith will get me through anything this world or the devil throws at me. Grant that I will have unwavering faith in my God. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
On a scale of 1-10 how is my faith holding up under pressure? What is my faith in God helping me get through presently?
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