- Daniel 1:1
Major changes came to Daniel’s people and country. The Bible said that God allowed a pagan king (Nebuchadnezzar) to take over Judah (Daniel 1:2). At this time, Daniel experienced many changes. The man was taken to Babylon, taught the ways of the Chaldeans, and received a new name (Daniel 1:3-7).
Through everything Daniel experienced, He continued to trust God. The young Hebrew remained faithful to God.
I submit that Daniel’s response to change is an example to us. Things happen over which we have no control. Sometimes the changes we face seem overwhelming and devastating. No matter what the change, keep relying upon God.
How do you rely upon God amidst change? Allow me to make three suggestions.
1. Rely upon God’s grace. Sometimes, change comes about because of choices we make. For example, bad choices bring painful consequences. If you experience painful change because you made sinful choices, depend upon God to forgive you. God longs to forgive your sin, whether for the first time or the four hundred-ninetieth time. God is full of grace.
2. Allow God to mold you into His image. Change means difference. As you go through any change in life, yield to God so that He may mold you into being more like Christ. The alternative is to become bitter and resentful. Do not allow change to turn you away from God.
3. Look for ways to love God and people. Although Daniel experiences great change, he seeks to serve God and serve Nebuchadnezzar. In doing so, Daniel loves God and others.
No matter what change comes about, God never abandons His people. Trust Him no matter what comes your way.
- Pastor Randy