For He Rescues and Delivers

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Daniel 6:1-28, Psalm 37:1-11, Isaiah 26:3-4, James 1:2-5

For the vast majority of my life, I have been terrified of losing people I love. I don’t think this is a unique fear; in fact, I think it may be the most commonly shared anxiety for most of humankind. When we love someone—a parent, child, spouse, or friend—we can become paralyzed at the thought of something happening to them. For me, it wakes me up in the middle of the night when people I love are traveling. It compels me to sneak into my daughters’ room and hold my hand to their chests while they sleep, making sure they are breathing. It keeps me at an emotional distance from people, because the cost of losing them seems insurmountable. 

The story of Daniel in the lions’ den is not a story about Daniel’s fear. In fact, the text does not reveal to us at any point that Daniel was afraid. Daniel knew the cost of praying to the Lord, and he did it anyway. This book, most likely written by Daniel himself, doesn’t mention Daniel’s emotional state in these moments. But it does show us quite a bit about King Darius. 

First, we learn how much the king loved Daniel. “He set his mind on rescuing Daniel” (Daniel 6:14). Then, we see how Darius reacted when Daniel was in the den of lions. He “spent the night fasting” (v.18) and “he could not sleep” (v.18). The next morning, the king “hurried to the lions’ den” (v.19), and “cried out in anguish” (v.20). When Daniel was safe, the king was “overjoyed” (v.23). 

I can’t recall the number of times I’ve been through those exact emotions. I lie awake in absolute fear and dread, but when the morning comes, I am relieved with good news. On a few occasions, those nights (or metaphorical nights) don’t end in relief, but in overwhelming sadness, in the fruition of my worst fears. 

King Darius rejoiced when Daniel exited the den alive, and he praised the Lord. He believed in Daniel’s God, the one true God of Israel. God had a plan for Daniel’s trial, and a plan for the king’s dark night of the soul. Daniel trusted God; Darius learned to trust God. 

But I know from my own experience that God’s trustworthiness is not based on the outcomes of our trials. In fact, James says we should count it all joy when we face trials of any kind—not just the kind that turns out the way we want. Not long ago, I spent night after night tossing and turning, binging shows, and praying because I was convinced by my own fear that something really awful was going to happen. Then that thing did happen. My metaphorical Daniel did not come out of its lion’s den alive. And yet, God is still on His throne. Jesus is still King. My faith is a little dinged up, but my God is not. Isaiah tells us in Isaiah 26 that perfect peace comes from trusting God, not in God preserving us from the worst of all our fears. 

Sometimes God rescues and delivers us from specific fears, like in the story of Daniel and Darius. He doesn’t always though. But He does deliver us from the ultimate fear and loss, which would be life without him. And so God sent Jesus, His son, who suffered His own dark night of fear in the garden of Gethsemane, before He went to die on the cross. But that death, and the glorious resurrection three days later, secures a fearless future for those who believe in Jesus Christ. 

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  1. Michaela Chastain says:

    Last year I become pregnant with my first. My greatest fear was losing the pregnancy. From the moment I knew I was pregnant I was full of fear. And eventually the fear came true. Through that experience God has taught me He is still good when fears happen. He is there, he does rescue and deliver and he will redeem what is lost.

  2. Amber Brackett says:

    Thankful God uses trials to strengthen our trust in Him. It’s not an easy process, but my view of Him is always stronger.

  3. Kezia J says:

    Sometimes I lose faith so easily when things don’t go well, but peace comes only from trusting him. Thanks for the reminder.

  4. Jennifer Murphy says:

    God doesn’t always rescue us from bad outcomes. He’s with us as we walk through those outcomes. He’s with us as we experience the anxiety of waiting to find out what those outcomes would be.

  5. Willow Moore says:

    Sometimes our greatest trials aren’t for us. May my trust in you God be so evident during rough times that others are able to turn towards you. I trust in your timing and your plan.

  6. Alexis Storm says:

    This passage and excerpt from Melanie Rainer was spot on with me. Deep rooted fears, but a never changing, faithful & trustworthy God on His throne. I also loved looking at the story of Daniel through the lens of King Darius. A perspective I never spent much time on

  7. shelby tate major says:

    A fearless future for those who believe in Jesus Christ ♥️

  8. Brandy Deruso says:

    Thou art lord is a shield for me and lord I thank you

  9. Jen Beck says:

    Love that i have an amazing God who loves me through all my fears and leads me through them.

  10. Tonya Miller says:

    Fear of losing those I love is something I face too. Your perspective was very encouraging. Thank you for pointing us to the truth that peace comes through trusting in God.

  11. Olivia Mills says:

    ❤️ i can relate to this so much

  12. Kelsey Hasse says:

    23 Then the king was exceedingly glad, and commanded that Daniel be taken up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no kind of harm was found on him, because he had trusted in his God. – Daniel 6:23

  13. Karen Crockett says:

    Beautiful reflection Melanie on the story of Daniel and how our full stop hope is not in the ceasing of the trial but the ultimate eternity regardless of the trial’s outcome.

  14. Nadine Hall says:

    I got behind on this study, but this devotional could not have been more timely. With my pastor husband leaving next week for a conference, my mind and heart has been filled with fear and anxiety as I dread worst-case scenarios and solo-parenting for a week. This devotional was like a balm of relief for my weary achy heart. Thank you, Melissa, for sharing your heart with us. ❤️

  15. Maria M says:

    Melanie, it’s so encouraging to read something that I struggle with on a daily basis. One of my biggest fears just happened. My dad got Covid and consequently became pneumonia. Thankfully he’s been stable enough to be home but fear still creeps in about losing him. We lost mom 5 years ago to cancer. It feels too soon to be facing another giant.

    Thank you for sharing your experience and reminding us how God is still faithful and good despite our circumstances. My faith has also been a little dinged up but I’m thankful I can still praise Him for his nearness.

  16. Shelby Moore says:

    We got a good report from my husband’s ultrasound today. He has a history of a rare kind of cancer. Praising God for His faithfulness! Lo

  17. Coresha Johnson says:

    Hi, I don’t know you but I 100% agree with you. I’m dealing with things that I feel are too much, but I know good wouldn’t put me in situations that I can’t handle. Thank you for your post.

  18. Holly Mitchell says:

    “Perfect peace comes from trusting God, not from God preserving us from the worst of all our fears.” Love this. ❤️

  19. Kate Bierly says:

    Ruth, I am praying for you. You are bold, keep the faith! I am not vaccinated either, and I go to UC Berkeley. I understand where you are coming from. keep fighting the good fight. Our battle is not against flesh and blood but the things unseen!

  20. Kristen Lowery says:

    Thank you for your Son , Heavenly Father!! Thank you for giving me everlasting life . This study has touched my heart. Thank you for your promises!! In Jesus name Amen!

  21. Natasha R says:

    Perfect peace comes from trusting God, not from the absence of trials. The upside to all I have been through the past couple of years (sudden death of my husband, financial uncertainty, mum’s cancer diagnosis, Covid) is that my “trust muscles” have gotten an intense workout. My trust in God is the strongest it has ever been, because He has never failed me and He never will. I am so grateful.

  22. Jennifer Anapol says:

    I love that we serve a God who isn’t defined by our circumstances. It is confusing when people aren’t healed, when bad things happen to good people and when our worst fears come true, but those events don’t change who God is. Unfortunately, we don’t live in a perfect world yet. I’m so thankful that God uses even the bad things that happen in our lives to shape us and mold us.

  23. AZ Walker says:

    Praying for all requests. I read psalm 37 often and meditated on Daniel going thru my work situation recently. Still stressed about work lately and grateful these versus popped up today as I pray things go smoothly. Happy Birthday Rhonda J. I Love beautiful peaceful Canada and all brave Canadians. Praying as this dark and evil stain is on democracy.

  24. K Swenson says:

    RUTH, I’m sorry for all the turmoil in your country and family! I pray for peace, inexplainable peace, to fall over Canada and over your family. May these issues be resolved soon!

    If you would, please pray for me. I might be starting a new treatment for my treatment resistant depression, but there are some significant side effects that make me nervous. Praying for clarity and peace. I have to guard again discouragement and self pity. He is working for me and my family and our good.

  25. K Swenson says:

    RUTH, I’m sorry for all the turmoil in your country and family! I pray for peace, inexplainable peace, to fall over Canada and over your family. May these issues be resolved soon!

  26. Lisa H says:

    Ruth, praying for you and for Canada. It’s horrible to watch.

  27. Indiana Elaine says:

    “The king’s heart is like a stream of water directed by the Lord; he guides it wherever he pleases.”
    ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭21:1‬ ‭NLT‬‬
    This verse comes to mind when praying for Ukraine and Canada. My brother lives in Canada as well as some She’s. I was so touched by the unity, love and peacefulness of the protesters in Canada. This study on fear is so timely for our world today.

  28. Hali Y. says:

    “…perfect peace comes from trusting God, not in God preserving us from the worst of all our fears.” I really needed this message today. admittedly the idea of my metaphorical Daniels not making it out of the lions den is really discouraging, but my God is still God. my God is still good. I want to remain in that trust no matter how I am feeling or things are looking. happy tuesday, SHES!

  29. Rachel says:

    For the verses in Isaiah, the ESV uses “steadfast” rather than dependent. Just for kicks, I looked it up in my Bible dictionary. In this context it means “to lean, lay, rest, support, put, uphold, lean upon, to support or brace oneself.” Gah! I love that!! When we are bracing ourselves against the Lord, we are given perfect (flawless, complete, sound) PEACE. Not just a little peace. PERFECT peace. There is no other substitute/option offered that can provide the same result. I cannot contrive to worry myself into the same result. Using my imagination to conjure up new things to fear or be anxious about certainly doesn’t take me on a trip to perfect peace. Only Him. Praying that we will put the whole weight of our fears and anxieties on Him today.

  30. Cristina Sagardia says:

    God is so good. Thank you for this!

  31. Rhonda J. says:

    “This broken road prepares your will for me, So I will WALK BY FAITH. Even when I cannot see.” Jeremy Camp. A favorite song, playing right now. God always plays the perfect songs during my SRT time.

    So much truth in today’s study and comments!! It is my birthday today, and I am so thankful looking back from where I was, and where He has brought me! I had such a life of sin, albeit we wouldn’t see it so much as that, just the ways of the world. But it was sin, it is sin, and it is not God’s truth, and way he wants us to live our lives. It’s as if you are blind, and can now see.

    (interupted in my thoughts with a phone call)

    I was just on a call with my dear neice, and she is literally replaying my life, and I just felt instantly sick to my stomach when she is telling me stuff. This is the niece I have asked for prayer. If you could please as a group pray for her again today, I would so appreciate it. I hope God will step in and stop her from such destructive living, but of course He gives us free will, and blindness. Just as I had written above before this phone conversation with my sister.

    Have a good day She’s. I am off to a sunny birtday boat ride in our little paradise in SWF with my doggie and bestie hubby.

  32. Victoria E says:

    Fret not yourself. I love this so much. Sky Hilton I am praying for your mother, please seek care if she does not improve ! Brooke P continued praise to God for what He has done! Ladies I would love your continued prayer, our miracle baby is due in 4 weeks and I start maternity leave on Thursday. I need prayers to keep my mind stayed on the Lord and His promises. Thank you!

  33. Karen Johansen says:

    Thank you, Melanie Ranier for this devotional today. My worst fear has also come to pass, and like you, my faith has a few dents and dings in my grief. But God is still on the throne. Praise Him for gently speaking to me through the precious passages of Scripture this morning.

  34. Ruth Long says:

    Hey sisters. I’m anxious about Canada. The Ottawa police are becoming more violent by the day, people and businesses are being threatened, and I don’t know when the country will be free again. My grandparents and extended family are terrified of me because I’m not vaccinated, and they’ve cut ties with us. Please pray for our prime minister. He is growing more cruel and domineering. I need the lord’s peace right now.

  35. Brooke MacTaggart says:

    This speaks to my heart so much right now. We are facing a lot of change soon as well as uncertainty, and my anxious heart would like nothing more than to worry and expect the worst. This study has been incredibly timely -it’s amazing that God gives us what we need for seasons that we need it. I’ve experienced peace in the midst of waiting on things that otherwise would’ve wrecked my soul. Thankful for this study and for God’s living and active Word!

  36. Sky Hilton says:

    “James says we should count it all joy when we face trials of any kind—not just the kind that turns out the way we want. ”

    AMAZING! I love how God doesn’t answer all of our prayers with a YES, and does not grant us everything we want. I actually see it as Him defending us.. keeping us safe from ourselves.. if we never go through struggle.. how can we open our hearts to him? Even a NO from God is beautiful when we get to understand why one day. I am reminded of what Mother Teresa has said:

    “Pain and suffering have come into your life, but remember pain, sorrow, suffering are but the kiss of Jesus – a sign that you have come so close to Him that He can kiss you.” This quote has changed my life. Sometimes God doesn’t always deliver us from our fears, but, like you said, the one fear He will always deliver us from is the fear of a life without Him. What an amazing God!

  37. Traci Gendron says:

    This feels like my story. When Tanner was on dialysis he was staying at our house. He wasn’t doing well on it. I would wake up and sit at our kitchen island and tell myself to go up and make sure he was still breathing. In more recent years, I would check to see if Tanner was or had been on Instagram right before I’d go to bed. I was terrified that he may have died alone in the time I had last talked to him and before bedtime. I couldn’t sleep. I would wake up waiting and checking my phone for hours until Tanner was awake. It was a horrible way to live. I did this for years. I have never experienced such fear of losing someone. My child. God blessed me with being with Tanner as he took his last breath. He didn’t die alone. God has walked this hard journey with me. Never leaving me to walk it on my own. Did I still fear? Yes, but I could have never gotten through this without MY GOD. I’m so grateful.

    Happy birthday Rhonda J!!

  38. Dorothy says:

    My older son, George, drown in August of 2003, that following spring, I believe during spring break, my ex-husband decided to take my younger son, Andrew, canoeing even though Andrew didn’t want to. The whole time Andrew was gone I was praying to God that he would come home safe, I was afraid Andrew would drown too. Nothing happened and Andrew came home safe and sound and my faith became even stronger.
    The Lord has seen me through many trials of this sort and many joys also. I will not waiver from my faith.
    Lord, my faith and love for YOU have been tested a great deal in life but I have not and WILL NOT WAIVER I will stand strong WITH YOUR, CHRIST’S AND THE HOLY SPIRIT’S HELP!!!! Amen.
    Be blessed and keep the faith and call on the Lord if you start to waiver sisters.

  39. Jillian Lee says:

    Susie – thank you

  40. Jillian Lee says:

    I am too! It’s so hard!

  41. Brooke P says:

    Praise be to GOD!! Thank you Lord for your word which is living and active, so applicable today in all circumstances. Thank you She’s for your continued prayers for me & my baby. 14 weeks tomorrow! ANGIE-thank you for sharing, that is spot on. SARAHJOY- yes sister 100% with you there. My prayers for all who are in Canada, Ukraine, Venezuela, and Australia (and many other places) may the leadership and culture come to know and fear the Lord (as well as ours here in the US). Praying for you all individually who asked for prayers & covering all you She’s in prayer as well. “God’s trustworthiness is not based on the outcome of our trails.” Yes & amen. Praise God.

  42. Kirsten Scheller says:


  43. Heidi says:

    Interesting to me that Daniel reported that his God had shut the mouths of the lions and they had not harmed him, but it wasn’t the mouths of the lions that ended up as the death sentence for his enemies whom later were thrown in. The lions “crushed all of their bones”. It doesn’t say the lions opened their mouths and devoured them. Crushed. bones. So we’re talking collapsed lungs, paralysis, crushed skulls… i have to believe they were dead before eaten. Idk- it just stood out to me that the thing we first jump to when fearing the ”lion” is NOT what initially overcame them. I feel myself relating more to the people with crushed bones than Daniel lately. Not the “enemy of God” part of their lives, but like something is trying to crush me and I’m powerless to it. I know Spiritually speaking I’m powerless to nothing. Still- there is a hopeless, empty, regretful sadness that just seems to have ambushed me. Like something I’m supposed to have/life I’m supposed to be living is just out of my reach. Can’t fully explain it- and I’m getting very exhausted from it.

  44. Angela Sutherland says:

    Absolutely!!!! God keep our land glorious and free!

  45. Pam K says:

    This has been such a great study, and I have to share an impact. Last Friday night, I went to the ER in pain. My husband was working so a friend dropped me off. I ended up needing emergency surgery which I wasn’t expecting. The amazing thing was that I really wasn’t fearful. I kept thinking about God’s presence and that He would be with me through it. My husband got there before they took me to surgery. The surgeon warned that there could be more issues once they opened me up, but there weren’t. I was home the next day by 5 PM, with pain from surgery but no complications. I am so thankful for how God used this study to minister to my spirit during this time.

  46. Aidan Keeley says:

    Going through a very hard breakup – my worst fear – But Gods promises like these are bringing me through.

  47. Churchmouse says:

    There is nothing new under the sun. Jealous government leaders. Lusting for power. Corruption. Manipulation for personal gain. As in Daniel’s time, so today. BUT GOD. Daniel served Him above all others. In the midst of this trial, Daniel prayed as he had every day, 3 times a day, on his knees, thanking God and asking for His help. God honored Daniel’s faithfulness. Lesson learned: Never underestimate the power of prayer!

  48. Heidi V says:

    If today’s reading really resonated with you you might enjoy a book called “war and rest“ by Ben Stewart. I heard about it on a podcast by Annie F Downs called That sounds Fun. She’s been a guest on the SRT podcast and vice versa. I’m about a third of the way through it and am really enjoying it.

  49. Morgan Latham says:

    I’m under a Tornado Watch. I believe the Lord’s hand will protect me. He will guide this storm away.

  50. Andrea Bolaños says:

    Jillian, I have felt that same way so many times. I tend to have big expectations and makes lots of plans. In my experience, one of the enemies favorite weapons is discouragement. The Lord however, will meet us in our disappointment and doubt and fill what we believe is lacking. I pray you feel His Presence with you today.

  51. Karen Novinger says:

    I just saw something today in this text that I had not seen before. King Darius’ suffering was set into motion when he believed a lie. Vs 7 says, “All the high officials…agreed that the King…” These men were certainly implying Daniel’s involvement in this recommendation, and the King trusted in their deception. Isn’t this often the case with us? We believe without investigating (especially if believing will bring glory to ourselves), and in the end, we suffer. Praise God for this reminder today! Trust truth, trust Him, he is steadfast, good, and sovereign! He knows what is best for me, and will keep me until that day when I see Him face to face.

  52. Emily Sheaffer says:

    Today’s scripture brought the reminder to be in prayer for the many things happening around the world today that has so many people living with fears that are sure to be keeping them awake at night. My heart aches for all the heavy things going on.

  53. Karen Novinger says:

    I just saw something today in this text that I had not seen before. King Darius’ suffering was set into motion when he believed a lie. Vs 7 says, “All the high officials…agreed that the King…” These men were certainly implying Daniel’s involvement in this recommendation, and the King trusted in their deception.

  54. Sarah Ritchie says:

    Beautiful Angie, thank you.

  55. Mandi says:

    Just a little later in Psalm 37: The blameless spend their days under the Lord’s care, and their inheritance will endure forever. v. 18 I love the thinking about living under the Lord’s care- what a wonderful place to be.

  56. Rachel Blessum says:

    Rachel- you have my same name AND same uncertainty of the future. Thank you for sharing Isaiah 26:3-4! ❤️

  57. Jennifer Loves Jesus says:

    Trust in the Lord and do good. Be humble and He will act for you. There is much evil in the world, many good people being targeted by powers who don’t want opposition. Like Daniel, we are opposed because of the God we serve. There are blinded eyes seeking to rule and reign all over the earth. There are evil powers at work. And with our global media, we can see the vast patterns of evil. And yet our God and King holds us steadfastly. He is more powerful than any evil we see. Let the ancient gates be lifted, rise up O ancient doorways (Psalm 24), let God’s true worshippers enter into His presence for refuge and strength. Yahweh is strong and mighty. And we are His. Maranatha. Come Lord Jesus come.

  58. Allison Mitchell says:

    Wow did this really impact me today. I struggle with fear so much… fear of the future, of the unknown, and the worst-case scenarios. I do, in my heart, ultimately trust God, but I simultaneously have frequent fears and worries about today and the loved ones in the present. The sentence about peace coming from trusting God, not from being saved from our worst fears… something for me to think about. I try to trust and not think about the fears.
    Praying for Albert, Canada, Ukraine, and all others mentioned. Today I ask for prayers for my anxiety; I pray that I could lean into God and trust Him fully now as the world feels overwhelming. Thank you everyone.

  59. Susie H says:

    JILLIAN – I have been there. Praying for your journey with God.

  60. Jennifer Martin says:

    I woke up feeling so anxious this morning, and this reading was just what I needed. God is so good ♥️

  61. Beatrice Laurien-Honorius says:

    God I trust you with everything and know your perfect will for me shall come to pass.

  62. Maria Baer says:

    This devotional today speaks to a nagging fear I’ve been having since my father-in-law passed away so unexpectedly three weeks ago. Since then I’ve been going about my life with this shadow of fear in the background— what if I lose my husband unexpectedly? What would I do? I tell you, I know I love my husband with all my heart, but this experience has really made me appreciate all of him, even the parts that can be annoying at times. I would miss all of those and more if he was not around. And my life would not be the same. So this devotional today really is speaking to me.

  63. Maria Baer says:

    KELLY COOKE— many of us are praying for you there. Sending much love and many many prayers!

  64. SarahJoy says:

    Angie – thank you for your comment.

    For me taking steps of faith is small counter-cultural steps. I’m not asked to die for my faith in the same way Daniel was, but I’m asked to die little deaths.
    Be generous when the culture says look out for you.
    Put my family first when I could go make more money.
    Live simply when many strive to have much.

    It’s hard to swim against the tide of culture when you feel weird and look foolish. However, I hope that in living differently our lives it trains our minds to rely on Jesus. And hopefully our daughters can see how life is more than stuff.

    I found the song “Confidence” by Sanctus Real to be appropriate. God uses us broken people by His grace.

  65. Sarah Nunneley says:

    This is the devotion that speaks to my soul and my sorry to acutely. Thank you, SRT, for being God’s voice to his children.

  66. Linnea Constant says:

    Michelle W- I had a similar experience with my cancer diagnosis…. I have a friend I have been praying for and sharing with for almost 20 years. She calls me her “God friend”but has not so far chosen to follow Him too. The month before I was diagnosed (and I had no symptoms, no clue) I said to her, “You know, my faith I God is not dependent on His blessings or goodness in my life… in fact, even if He allowed me to have cancer I would trust Him and know my life is in his hands.” My diagnosis gave me the opportunity to let God speak to her thru me in a very real way! She is still searching but she cannot deny His power!

  67. Sharon, Jersey Girl says:

    What a testimony of the faith and courage of Daniel! I love the stories of rescue that are in this book. Our God is a living God, He is steadfast forever and He will deliver – although His delivery and ours may look like two different things. Daniel 6:10 says that Daniel knelt down and prayed & gave thanks as was his custom since early days. When we have these “customs” built into our lives it makes it much more easier (though not always pleasant) to go through the trials in our lives. Much like we learned about Joshua – his heart was “pre-prepared” as ours should be too.

    Asking prayer for my nephews dear friend – Albert, who was arrested and jailed 11 days ago. My nephew believes his friend is innocent. Although he is not a believer himself, he has asked me to pray for a miracle and that his friend would be released with simply a fine. He fears for his friends safety and it has deeply depressed him. Please pray for the salvation of both, Albert’s safety and for that miracle of rescue like we read about today.

    Praying for Canada – and for all requests that were mentioned.
    Blessings dear sisters.

  68. Jillian Lee says:

    I’m really struggling with things not turning out the way I thought and still having faith that God is good

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  70. Elaine Morgan says:

    One of my favorite stories in the Bible! I would love for o be as focused on God as Daniel was.

  71. Searching says:

    ANGIE – Amen!

    SKY HILTON – praying for your mom, for healing and wisdom. If she is not breathing easier today, you may need to ask to see dr before the 3/3 appt or use urgent care/er.

    ADRIENNE – praying for Nicki
    ERB – Wow, thank you for sharing yesterday.
    SARAH D & TAYLOR – praying
    SHARON – praise for the improvement in Duane’s health, and for full recovery.
    RHONDA J – I’m going to keep that in mind, Lord, what are YOU going to do?!

  72. Kelly Cooke says:

    Pray for Canada. It’s beginning to feel like a Daniel in the lions den moment here.

  73. Michelle W says:

    Kenya- I love that you mentioned Daniel being blinded to the fear. I feel like God did the same for me while I was going through my cancer diagnosis and then through treatment. I don’t ever remember feeling fearful of my circumstances. It was beautiful.

  74. Patricia Stewart says:

    “That perfect peace comes from trusting God.”I don’t know what the day brings. I can only be obedient and listening to my savior. I know what happens when I don’t listen and the older I get the closer I am to the Lord.

  75. Michelle W says:

    I just feel this study is so on point with the chaos of our world right now. Taking comfort in knowing that His Kingdom will never be destroyed, that He rescues and delivers us. Amen.

  76. Kenya Rafferty says:

    Daniels faith leads him in a way where he appears almost blinded to the fear he should be feeling before being thrown into the lions den. He has so much peace, that he doesn’t even mention his doubt or his fear. He just knows. And the best part about this in the end, is how it influences the king. How dearly the king loves him because of the person that he is and then how much Darius wants others to know about God and what faith can do. The reading in James and Isaiah say that God offers peace and wisdom. Daniel knew this so certainly that he was saved without fear. How amazing to have faith like that. What do I need to know that God will deliver me from and to put aside all fear?

  77. Taylor says:

    So much richness in today’s Scripture and devotion. I still feel anxious over a situation so today’s readings were balm to my soul. The Lord is trustworthy regardless of if my situation turns out in my favor or not. Angie thank you for your comment! I copied down in my journal “Fret not, but continue to pray, trust and live delighted in my Jesus and committed to Him.” May it be so in my life!

  78. Angie says:

    My favorites, two days in a row: Psalm 91 my favorite chapter, Psalm 37:4 & 5, my life verses since college (I’d like to memorize verse 6 also).

    I woke at 3 am with a heavy heart. We celebrated our son’s birthday last evening. (He is a wonderful, godly man, and we are blessed by him.) Last night we took the children to one of those arcade, mini-golf, race car, bowling type places. His family enjoys entertainment type activities. (The 3rd graders in my classroom talk of these places often.) While there, I looked around and thought, no wonder it has become so hard to get my students excited about learning and the “fun” things planned – there are no bright lights, or glow-in-the-dark, or loud noises and shooting. If this is what they are feeding their spirits, through entertainment and devices at home; picking up a book, or creating a fun craft to go with a story, doesn’t compare. Yet, I believe their little souls need the calm, need the gentleness and peace. Not that excitement doesn’t have a place, but perhaps less chaos and darkness. A learning of patience, and gratitude, instead of more, more, more. Except, it’s not just the academics, what about the spiritual? What are we teaching our children is important? Then I thought about our own adult choices. The times when I have watched a tv show I am interested in that sneaks in bra scenes, or sex outside of marriage, and while I look away or fast forward from that scene, I continue to watch the series. At least, I did. And, I realize, I do not fit in this world.
    I realized a new all the sin Jesus carried on the cross, past, present, and future, paid for by Jesus Christ, the only worthy sacrifice, God’s Son.
    Then I opened my SRT and read about Daniel. Tears streamed down my face as I was reminded of this man of God’s, living in a pagan land, who remained faithful. Daniel, whose lifeline was prayer and trust. God could have rescued him as a teen, but instead chose for him to live a long life, as a witness for the One and Only true God.
    Next, I opened up to Psalm 37 and read through the verses to my life ones, and the tears mixed with smiles, as with a grateful heart I thanked God for His moment by moment love, care, and presence on my heart-soaked-in His mercy and grace. I was reminded to “fret not” but to continue, as Daniel did, to pray, trust, and live delighted in my Jesus and committed to Him.
    The situations have not changed for my grandchildren, for my sons and their families, for my high school girls and the things they face, for the people I love, for those facing illness, this pandemic, or the political scene, for my life-nothing has changed, except maybe my heart has been cuddled closer to the only One who is and gives Life eternal. One step at a time Jesus. New breath for each day Lord. In your power, for your glory, I Am the Almighty God. Amen.

  79. Jessica Fehland says:

    God is good. All the time. ❤️

  80. Terri Richmond says:

    I so needed this study!

  81. Kelly (NEO) says:

    Excellent thoughts Melanie! Loved “Isaiah tells us in Isaiah 26 that perfect peace comes from trusting God, not in God preserving us from the worst of all our fears.”

    TRICIA ANDERSON – any update about your son?

    ADRIENNE – praying for Nicki. May the Lord give her wisdom and direction as she seeks healing.


  82. Carol Rimmer says: