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DANIEL 6:1-10

"It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom 120 satraps, to be throughout the whole kingdom;

and over them three high officials, of whom Daniel was one, to whom these satraps should give account, so that the king might suffer no loss.

Then this Daniel became distinguished above all the other high officials and satraps, because an excellent spirit was in him. And the king planned to set him over the whole kingdom.

Then the high officials and the satraps sought to find a ground for complaint against Daniel with regard to the kingdom, but they could find no ground for complaint or any fault, because he was faithful, and no error or fault was found in him.

Then these men said, 'We shall not find any ground for complaint against this Daniel unless we find it in connection with the law of his God.'

Then these high officials and satraps came by agreement to the king and said to him, 'O King Darius, live forever!

All the high officials of the kingdom, the prefects and the satraps, the counselors and the governors are agreed that the king should establish an ordinance and enforce an injunction, that whoever makes petition to any god or man for thirty days, except to you, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions.

Now, O king, establish the injunction and sign the document, so that it cannot be changed, according to the law of the Medes and the Persians, which cannot be revoked.'

Therefore King Darius signed the document and injunction.

When Daniel knew that the document had been signed, he went to his house where he had windows in his upper chamber open toward Jerusalem. He got down on his knees three times a day and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as he had done previously."

In John 16, we are reminded that we will have trouble.

Romans 8:18, 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 and James 1:2-4 tells us that we will have trials and opposition.

In Isaiah 43, it doesn't say "IF" we pass through the waters or "IF" we pass through the rivers or "IF" we walk through the fire.....

It says WHEN.

WHEN you pass through the waters.

WHEN you pass through the rivers.

WHEN you walk through the fire.

So, what are you going to do WHEN?

WHEN people attack you...

WHEN you lose someone....

WHEN you get sick....

WHEN you are scared.....

WHEN you are tired......

WHEN you are at the base of a mountain looking up....

What are you going to do "WHEN" ?

Truth is - I don't have a clue what to do on my own.

I know that the only chance I have is to ask God, as well as pull from the sources given in the Word.

So, I pray & I read.

Because I can't do it alone.

I read that Daniel knew what was coming but, when faced with death for his faith, he got down on his knees and prayed just as he always had.

I read that when Esther was told that her people would perish, she fasted, prayed and obeyed.

I read that when Job lost everything on earth, he didn't compromise his devotion.

I read that when David faced a giant, he grabbed some stones.

I read that when Samson was blinded and ridiculed, he pushed back with all his might.

I read that when Paul and Silas were chained, they sang.

I read that when Stephen was being stoned, he prayed.

I read that when Jesus was beaten, crucified, and put on shameful display, He forgave.

What are you going to do "WHEN"?

One of my favorite Pastors, Alistair Begg, puts it well:

"We mustn’t allow our circumstances and disappointments to become the excuse for the choices we make in life. God is greater than all of that, and He can bring beauty out of ashes. Our trials come, Augustine said, 'to prove us and to improve us.'"

Stay steady.

As those "when''s" come in your life,

Get on your knees - and,

after you've done that,

get up.

Always get up.

After you get up,

then do something.

Obedience is a one way road and progress has no speed limit.


Sarah Jane

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