Making The Right Choice
“Then Daniel went home and told his friends Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah what had happened. He urged them to ask the God of heaven to show them his mercy by telling them the secret, so they would not be executed along with the other wise men of Babylon.”
Daniel 2:17-18 NLT
We’ve all been in a predicament where we feel like our backs are against the wall. No matter how big or small these situations are, they still impact us on so many levels.
I’ve learned that hard times are inevitable! But more importantly I’ve come to realize that my response to hard times determines the outcome!
I would even go as far as to say that my response in hard times even has an impact on those around me.
Daniel was in a place where his back was so far against the wall, I’m sure he left a full body sweat imprint.
Your boy just found out that he was about to be KILLED. You see, the king had a terrible dream that no one could interpret. He became so furious that he ordered all of the wise men to be murdered.
Now, I’m going to keep it 100% real with you. If this was me i would’ve packed my bags, and left out in the middle of the night, never to return! But your boy Daniel did the complete opposite.
- Daniel went to his circle // not to gossip or complain, but to put the real work in ; he asked them to PRAY!
Often times, well most of the time, when I’m stressed out, feeling down, or afraid, i do phone a friend // but it’s rarely to pray.
- Run to your crew to put the real work in. Less complaining & more praying.
2. Daniel’s response to hard times led him to victory.
Because of Daniel’s faith + his knowledge of the power of prayer, he was able to interpret the dream, bringing him out of the grips of death.
- When you respond positively to terrible situations you are actually rewriting your story.
But it’s gets better.
Not only did his response save his own life, but he also saved his home boys, and the “wise men” that he didn’t even know!!!!!! Our response to hard times doesn’t only dictate our outcome, but the outcome of those around us.
Let’s let Daniel's faith be an example to us. We can’t choose what situations come our way (for the most part) but we can choose how we respond!