The Worse The Situation You Find Yourself In, The Greater the Opportunity For God To Come Through

By: Curtis Ophoven 0 Comments   8/15/2012

The life of Daniel is recorded in the book of Daniel. Daniel's belief in God resulted in him spending time with God three times a day in prayer. 

The story is amazing.  The relationship Daniel had with God proved more worthy than anything else Daniel could have spent his time on.

The Lord blessed Daniel with more wisdom than anyone in his land.  King Darius recognized that Daniel was exceptional among his leaders and was planning to set him over the whole kingdom (Daniel 6:4). 

Some of the other leaders didn’t want Daniel to be put over them, so they plotted against him and set a trap for him, which caused him to be thrown in the lion’s den because he prayed to God.  

King Darius was his friend and didn’t want to put Daniel in the lion’s den, but the law demanded it. King Darius made every effort to save Daniel until sundown but he could not.  So he put Daniel in the lion’s den and said to him, “May your God, whom you serve continually, rescue you”. (Daniel 6:16).  

That night he could not eat or sleep because he was worried about Daniel.  The situation was impossible.  Daniel was a goner for sure.  Nothing could save him accept God himself.  

The King did not believe in the living God of the bible.  But this impossible situation created the opportunity for God to show himself alive and active on earth, directly engaging in the lives of those that trust in him.   

In the morning, King Darius open the lion’s den and asked; 

Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to rescue you from the lions?” – Daniel 6:20

King Darius was astonished to find Daniel alive. Daniel found himself in the lion’s den and the Lord sent an angle to shut the mouth of the lions so that he would be saved from death that day.  Daniels only crime was to serve the Lord and when it was clear to the King and the entire nation that no one could help him, the Lord stepped in and directly changed the outcome and the future of Daniel's life. 

The Lord still does this today. He has stepped in and directly changed the situation is my life many times. This is what no other god does, because all other gods of the world do not have the authority or the ability (because they are dead) to step into our life and directly change our present situation. 

I have read testimonies of Muslims that say they prayed five times a day their entire life and they never experienced Allah directly stepping in and changing their life, but when they prayed just one time in Jesus name - He stepped in and undeniably changed their situation and they cannot forget what He did.

But this is the most astonishing part of the story. When the King found out that the living God did this for his servant Daniel he wrote a letter to all the nations of the earth and told them about the glory of the Lord.  

“Then King Darius wrote to all the nations and peoples of every language in all the earth:

“May you prosper greatly! I issue a decree that in every part of my kingdom people must fear and reverence the God of Daniel.

“For he is the living God and he endures forever; his kingdom will not be destroyed, his dominion will never end.  He rescues and he saves; he performs signs and wonders in the heavens and on the earth.” – Daniel 6:25-27

Daniel was willing to remain faithful to the Lord no matter what situation, even to the death Daniel trusted the Lord.  Even if the Lord didn’t save him or change the situation, Daniel refused to stop seeking the Lord.  

Somehow Daniel had come to realize that it was greater to know the Lord and trust him with his life, then living without the Lord.   Daniel’s unwavering faith resulted in the one of the greatest stories in the world, recorded for all of time.  

This story will forever be told, even in heaven today the angles marvel at what God did with Daniel’s faith that revealed God’s glory to the entire world.  

This is an example of the pleasures of the Lord.  What would you give to be part of this story? Daniel is in heaven today telling this story and someday I will ask him about it.  

You cannot buy an experience like this.  The world does not have anything like this to sell.  You could gain the entire world and never experience the majestic power of the sovereign Lord.  

The pleasure of experiencing the Lord directly acting on your behalf to change your life is far greater than anything the world can give.  This is a great discovery.  This is why people like Daniel can make a rational decision to trust the Lord with their lives, knowing that his pleasures are far greater than anything the world can offer.  

You can experience the same thing and once you do, there is no going back to the weak pleasures of the world.  True living is when you discover the pleasures of the Lord.   

“… at your right hand are pleasures forevermore ...” – Psalm 16:11

So the next time you find yourself in an situation that seems impossible - get excited and call on the Lord, this just might be your opportunity for a life changing story of your life in which you get to see God's glory.  And then you get to tell everyone about how great he is forever.

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