Category: Resting in the Faithfulness of God

Daniel 1:1-20

Daniel had unshakable faith. His belief in the Lord sustained him when he was uprooted from his home, taken into captivity, and sent to a foreign country. It strengthened him as he served under four different kings and faced many challenges.

Knowing God and trusting Him are the two key elements of deep faith. Daniel, who was part of the Israelite nobility, apparently learned about the Lord from a young age. While he was in captivity, his words and actions demonstrated that he knew the Scriptures and wanted to obey God. When offered a meal that had been sacrificed to idols, he took a great risk by requesting other food. God caused the official to show favor to him (Dan. 1:5-9). Like Daniel, we are to spend our lives learning and carrying out what pleases our heavenly Father (Col. 1:10).

Not only did this young man know what the Scriptures said, but he also trusted God to do as He had promised. Every time Daniel took a stand for godliness, he was demonstrating his confidence in the Father. And his friends—Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego—had unwavering belief as well. They did not know for sure that the Lord would rescue them from the fiery furnace, but they trusted that He would do what was right (Dan. 3:16-18).

Barriers to unshakable faith include pride (I won’t admit I need God’s help), arrogance (I know a better way—I don’t have to ask God), and self-sufficiency (I can do it myself without His help). Which of these is keeping you from becoming a person of strong faith? Confess it and turn toward the Lord.

1 Corinthians 1:1-9

When plans are frustrated or life just seems to fall apart in some  way, people often wonder, Has God deserted me? Why hasn’t He answered my  prayers? The Bible offers encouragement for such times by assuring us of the  Father’s faithfulness: “Know therefore that the Lord your God, He is God, the  faithful God, who keeps His covenant  and His lovingkindness to a thousandth generation with those who love Him and  keep His commandments” (Deut 7:9).

Five attributes of God make this possible. First, He  is omniscient, which means He knows everything, including our every need,  thought, frailty, desire, and life situation in the past, present, and future. Next, the Lord is omnipotent, or all-powerful, so nothing is too hard  for Him (Jer. 32:17). Then, He is omnipresent–since He exists everywhere at  once, He is never beyond reach.

In addition, our heavenly Father cannot lie. Everything that He  says is true and reliable. And lastly, God is unchanging. Our circumstances and  the world around us may seem to be in a constant state of flux, and the Lord  may even modify the way He chooses to interact with mankind in different  generations. But His character is always the same. So when Scripture tells us  that God is faithful, we can rest confidently upon that promise.

Circumstances can be  painful. But even when situations seem overwhelming, believers can trust that  our sovereign Lord knows all, is in control, and lovingly works everything for  His children’s good. We can rest confidently knowing that the unchanging God of  all creation is taking care of us.