August 17, 2014

God Gives Hope

Psalm 119:49-56

“We will never find any basis for charges against this man Daniel unless it has something to do with the law of his God.”
—Daniel 6:5

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In exile, Daniel served as a top administrator in Babylon for many years. The conquering ruler of Persia wanted to use his services too. But some other officials envied Daniel and wanted to get rid of him. Knowing that he prayed daily only to the God of Israel, they tricked their king into making a law that said everyone had to pray only to the king. Daniel would not honor that law, so he was sentenced to die in a den of hungry lions. (See Daniel 6.)

The Bible does not tell us what Daniel prayed in the lions’ den, but the words of our reading today from Psalm 119 would fit well: “Remember your word to your servant, for you have given me hope. My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life.”

The Lord proved to be Daniel’s hope. As Daniel came out unharmed from the lions’ den the next morning, he said that God had sent angels to protect him. The king learned that Daniel survived “because he had trusted in his God” (Daniel 6:23).

Are you experiencing opposition today because of your faith? It’s a good time to open your Bible and read about God’s promises of love, care, and protection. Remember, God has promised that no matter what happens here on this earth, he will preserve you for eternal life.

Jesus, thank you for securing a place in heaven for us. We trust in your promise that you will never leave or forsake us. Amen.

About the author — David Zandstra

David Zandstra is a retired pastor living in Marietta, Georgia, having served five churches from New Jersey to California. Along with other ministries, he counsels clients of a pregnancy resource center. He acknowledges his indebtedness to the training and resources of Peacemaker Ministries. David and his wife, Margie, have three children and six grandchildren.

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