October 5, 2020

Daniel 1:1-2

In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it. And the Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand…

 

Imagine your home was destroyed before your eyes, and your family either killed or carried away into slavery! Seriously, try to picture this happening to you. Put yourself in the shoes of the Israelites back in Daniel’s time (or sadly, in the shoes of many, many others throughout history).  It’s almost incomprehensible for most of us. We tell our children, “Don’t worry, that will never happen to us.” And that’s true, it likely never will. 

But if it did, how would you feel? What emotions would rise up inside of you? Would you trust that God was still in control, and that He intended good for you in all things, as your loving Heavenly Father?

Some of us have struggled with those very same emotions in the midst of 2020’s chaos. The pandemic, the racial tensions, the economic instability and the political anger sometimes seem like an invading army out to destroy our very lives. And we want to shout: “God, what are you doing?! Help us!” 

Sometimes I wonder if God might just reply, “My precious child, don’t be afraid! I am helping you. Even now I’m healing the world of selfishness, of shallow pursuits, of love of plenty, of distractions from Me, of hatred of others, and much, much more!”

God is the Master Weaver, creating an unbelievably beautiful tapestry of our lives. Our experiences are interwoven in ways we cannot yet see or understand. But He knows. He understands. And just as God worked out His good purposes with the children of Israel thousands of years ago, He is working out His good purposes with you and me.

How are you doing with the chaos in your life today? Have you taken your fears and anxieties to God recently, and simply laid them down before Him? Ask God today to open your eyes anew to the magnificent work He is weaving in your own life, even in the midst of these disturbing times!

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