Wednesday, January 21, 2015

In His Time

Encouragement for your daily walk with God

Talk about near death experiences, the Bible is filled with them! But rather than seeing a “light” at the end, the biblical characters saw the hand of God at work. Their experiences give us hope and comfort in our times of trouble. 

There was Jonah, trapped in gastric juices and seaweed. He prayed and before the fish’s digestive system could do its final work, he was belched up on a sea shore. He must have been an awful sight, but he was alive nonetheless.

There was Daniel, whom I like to call a “happy meal” for hungry lions. The prospect of his longevity wasn’t any better than Jonah’s, but there he stood, alive, hungry lions notwithstanding. 

Poor Joseph, he was in a pit in the middle of a wilderness. A plan had developed that would lead to his death, but the plan changed in order for him to rescue the perpetrators. He ended up in a palace after a detour through servitude and prison. It was a God-thing.

Three Hebrew boys fared no better. Their strong faith landed them in a furnace. One old country preacher’s sermon about this was titled, “There’ll Be A Hot Time In the Old Town Tonight!” 

All these stories have one theme in common—Trapped: no exit, no hope, no options. BUT GOD…He’s the answer! Just in the nick of time, when the neck is exposed on the chopping block, when the noose is tightened around the neck, Calvary comes!

So at last the king gave orders for Daniel to be arrested and thrown into the den of lions. The king said to him, “May your God, whom you serve so faithfully, rescue you.”  Daniel 6:16

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