Scripture reading: Daniel 6
Just as the enemy will send people to distract, dismantle and disapprove our purpose, God will lead people to encourage, enhance and enjoy our purpose.
For context, let’s look at Daniel’s story.
Because Daniel found favor in the eyes of God and men (Proverbs 3:4), the enemy planted envy in those Daniel ruled with and those he ruled over. As envy took root, these men decided to put in place an elaborate plan to find fault in Daniel and send him to the lions’ den. But the enemy lost again. Not only did God send His angel to close the mouths of the lions, but He also received the glory and Daniel was avenged.
Time after time, the Bible recounts stories of situations the enemy meant for evil, but God meant for good (Genesis 50:20). We have victory over every situation in our lives.
This is Daniel’s story. This is Joseph’s story. This is Jesus’ story. This is our story.
“So, what do you think? With God on our side like this, how can we lose? If God didn’t hesitate to put everything on the line for us, embracing our condition and exposing himself to the worst by sending his own Son, is there anything else he wouldn’t gladly and freely do for us? And who would dare tangle with God by messing with one of God’s chosen? Who would dare even to point a finger? The One who died for us—who was raised to life for us!—is in the presence of God at this very moment sticking up for us. Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ’s love for us? There is no way! Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not backstabbing, not even the worst sins listed in Scripture:
They kill us in cold blood because they hate you.
We’re sitting ducks; they pick us off one by one.
None of this fazes us because Jesus loves us. I’m absolutely convinced that nothing—nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us.” (Romans 8:31-29 MSG)
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