There is much in the world to make us
afraid. There is much more in our faith to make us unafraid.
Frederick W. Cropp
I’m sure many of us ask whether faith can really be our “Suit of Armor” that provides us with protection when times become hard. I know that the human part of me tends to relegate the faith part to the back instead of keeping it front and center when times are hard. And then I remember about Daniel….you know the man I am referring to….the one who was the victim of a plot to cause him to lose favor with the King Darius.
Now because Daniel was found to be praying to God when King Darius had issued a decree that for one month, no one in the kingdom would be permitted to pray and pay homage to any other but their sovereign, he was entombed with lions overnight. Since King Darius liked and respected Daniel, and he felt guilty about the punishment he had ordered, at first light he ran to the den and called out Daniel’s name. And of course, Daniel answered, alive because his faith was unwavering and thus he was rewarded by an angel sent by God who visited and closed the lion’s mouths so no harm would come to this good and faithful servant of the Lord.
I’m sure that if I were faced with a trial like the one Daniel was faced with, I would be terrified. But it would be that I was fearful for my mortal life, and not my immortal soul. I have come to accept Jesus as my Lord and Savior and because of this, I know what I am destined for. Yes, I would be afraid for the life I would be leaving on earth. I would mourn not seeing my family and friends and my home. I would mourn missed birthdays, weddings and celebrations. But I also know the reward ahead of me, as I pass through heaven’s gates. I will be blessed by sharing eternity with my Lord and Savior!
1: This letter is from Paul, a servant
owned by God, and a missionary of Jesus Christ. I have been sent to those God
has chosen for Himself. I am to teach them the truth that leads to God-like
living. 2: This truth also gives hope of life that lasts forever. God promised this before the world began. He cannot lie. 3: He made this known at the right time through His Word. God, the One Who saves, told me I should preach it.
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