God responds

A zest for life and McDonald’s birthday parties

First of all, I want to wish dear Elizabeth Robertson Williams a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I praise God for her friendship and insight and faith. I’m amazed at how God continues to work through her to encourage and challenge me in such pointed and personal ways. Thank you, God, Tim and Lisa for a job well done.

Second, I commend Elizabeth for recognizing and addressing her growing anxiety, as she wrote about yesterday. I must be a bit more dense because it took God removing all possible distractions to help me remember to turn to Him and be still. On Monday, Scott was out of town and my computer was in the shop (and we don’t have cable). So that evening I did some laundry, ate dinner, wrote a letter, read for school, and then I was just bored. I felt so lost (yet productive) without my computer! I eventually conceded and sat before the Lord for a while in silence. I enjoyed praying, listening and reading about Daniel.

In chapter 2, Daniel faces the threat of execution because no one can interpret King N’s dream. We see that Daniel does trust in the Lord, but not passively. He gets the 411 from the commander of the king’s guard, gathers his friends and urges them to plead for mercy from God. Daniel doesn’t just recite a promise about God’s everlasting love for his people. He unites in desperate prayer with other believers. And then God responds and reveals the mystery of the dream.  

I often let the unknown of the future weigh down on me as sinful anxiety.  I know God has a good and perfect plan for my life, but that shouldn’t cause me to resign from praying for it. I should plead and pray to the Lord all the more. God responds to our prayer. By praying to God I am trusting in Him to listen, to answer and to move. And by communing with my Father in prayer, makes it easier to see He is good and to continue trusting in Him. 

Daniel could have easily collapsed in despair upon hearing the news of his impending execution. Yet he acted on a hope in a God that was bigger than any harm he might fear. And as soon as God answered, Daniel praised the God of heaven:

 “Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever; 
   wisdom and power are his. 
He changes times and seasons; 
   he sets up kings and deposes them. 
He gives wisdom to the wise 
   and knowledge to the discerning. 
He reveals deep and hidden things; 
   he knows what lies in darkness, 
   and light dwells with him. 
I thank and praise you, O God of my fathers: 
   You have given me wisdom and power, 
you have made known to me what we asked of you, 
   you have made known to us the dream of the king.”

   Daniel 2:20-23

Well said, Daniel.  Amen.


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