God has been speaking a lot into my life over the past week. I have been doing a study on the Armor of God through the women’s group at my church and then I also had the privilege to attend the Designed for Life women’s conference this past weekend in Springfield, MO. What I have learned is that so many times in my life I put God in a box. I know God is all powerful and I trust that he has a plan but when it comes to people that I think are too far gone or situations that seem too hopeless, I think there is no way anyone can fix the problem. It’s too much to fix. Hold up. What? Come on, Rachel. Why am I putting human limitations on an All Mighty God. This is the same God that parted the Red Sea, created the WHOLE world in 7 days and I think he can’t fix a person who seems too messed up. I think he can’t fix a relationship that appears to be done or a presidential election that just makes me mad? He is God and he can do what he wants.
I looked at the story of Daniel this week, specifically in Chapter 6. To set up the story, Daniel is told that he must not bow down to anyone besides the king. The consequence for breaking this law was that whoever was caught would be thrown into a den full of lions. You guys, if I were Daniel, I would be shaking in my sandals. Have you seen a lion? They are big and when they open their mouths they have super sharp teeth. I just remember watching them eat at the local zoo once and thinking that I was so glad there were retaining walls between it and me. Now here Daniel is faced with the decision to stop praying to God or basically get killed by them. What did he do? It says in verse 10 that he got down on his knees three times a day and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as he had done previously. My part of that is the last part. He didn’t change how he was because his circumstances changed, he was consistent in trusting God and serving him even in the scary and unknown. He didn’t put God in a box and say that he couldn’t save him. He trusted and you know what, those lions mouths were SHUT. In verse 23 it says that when he was pulled out of the lions den that no kind of harm was found on him, because he had trusted in his God.
What do you need to trust God with in your life today? Are you like me and putting limitations on God? I am praying for you friends that you and I find peace in our situations and we learn to be fearless, not because we can overcome in our own strength but because our consistent trust in God helps us become that way.