We will all go through trouble in our lives. God wants to know can He trust you to be faithful through the trouble and not turn your back on Him. If He is allowing you to experience difficulty–even if you brought it on yourself—He wants to know He can trust you to do the right thing.
God wants to know can He trust you to be faithful through the trouble and not turn your back on Him.
When Daniel was a child, he and some others were kidnapped and taken to Babylon to be trained to be Chaldeans and serve the king. Yet throughout his life, Daniel remained faithful to God. He ended up serving four different kings over 70 years, and all the while he remained a man of God, continuing in his spiritual disciplines regardless of circumstance or threats to his safety.
In today’s passage from Daniel 6, Daniel was serving under King Darius as one of three governors in charge of the whole kingdom. Darius respected Daniel’s integrity so much that he wanted to put Daniel over the other two governors. Because of Daniel’s spotless reputation, there was animosity toward him from the other leaders, especially because he was an outsider.
As the other governors plotted against Daniel, they knew that the only way they would be able to bring him down was by making it illegal for Daniel to worship his God. So they went to Dairus and convinced the unsuspecting king him to sign a decree to this effect, one that could not be changed according to the law. But Daniel’s response was faithful and sure.
Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went home. And in his upper room, with his windows open toward Jerusalem, he knelt down on his knees three times that day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as was his custom since early days. Daniel 6:10
God knew that Daniel could be trusted with this trouble. He continued with his spiritual traditions as usual.
Are you being faithful and trustworthy in your trouble?
1. Can you be trusted amidst your trouble to remain faithful to your spiritual disciplines?
Implied in this question is that you have spiritual disciplines in the first place. Build a regular practice of praying to God in good times and in bad, always with thanksgiving. When bad times come, you will already be used to being in the Lord’s presence and listening to His voice.
(And remember, God will never allow you to be burdened more than you can handle. 1 Corinthians 10:12-13)
2. Can you be trusted amidst your trouble to let go of everything God has given you?
The devil threatens to take from you what you think you have acquired. But actually all of our blessings and possessions are the Lord’s, given to us in stewardship. We must trust Him that He cares for us and be willing to let go when He asks us to.
3. Can you be trusted amidst your trouble to be a reflection of Christ to those watching?
As Christians, we will always be watched. What do people think of when your name comes up? Do they recognize you as a follower of Christ who loves and serves with compassion and grace?
Because he broke the decree of the king, Daniel was thrown into the lion’s den, must to the dismay of the king. But Darius knew of Daniel’s practice and his character. Though he himself did not believe in Daniel’s God, he knew enough of Daniel’s relationship with his heavenly Father to have faith that Daniel would be safe:
So the king gave the command, and they brought Daniel and cast him into the den of lions. But the king spoke, saying to Daniel, “Your God, whom you serve continually, He will deliver you.” Daniel 6:16
God did deliver Daniel, exactly as Darius spoke, protecting him in the den of lions and keeping him from harm.
Now the king went to his palace and spent the night fasting; and no musicians[b] were brought before him. Also his sleep went from him. Then the king arose very early in the morning and went in haste to the den of lions. And when he came to the den, he cried out with a lamenting voice to Daniel. The king spoke, saying to Daniel, “Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to deliver you from the lions?”
Then Daniel said to the king, “O king, live forever! My God sent His angel and shut the lions’ mouths, so that they have not hurt me, because I was found innocent before Him; and also, O king, I have done no wrong before you.”Now the king was exceedingly glad for him, and commanded that they should take Daniel up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no injury whatever was found on him, because he believed in his God. Daniel 6:18-23
God does allow us to experience situations of trouble and suffering in our lives. Through all of this, He desires us to remain patient and faithful. He will not always tell us what we want to know, but He asks us to trust in Him anyway.
Can God trust you to be patient and long-suffering?
“For it is commendable if a man bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because he is conscious of God. But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it? But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God. To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.” 1 Peter 2:19-21