Ever been there? We learn from Scripture that more often than not that those who walk close to the Lord find that their consecrated surrendered lives invites difficulties and insurmountable circumstances that those outside of Christ or even lukewarm Christians would never have to concern themselves with.  Let us who are busy about the Master's business learn how to respond in hopeless situations from those who chose to honor the Ancient of days.
      Remember the decree that King Darius signed? Allow me to refresh your memory. Because of jealousy, presidents and princes came up with the idea to make a firm decree, that whosoever should ask a petition of any God or man for thirty days, save of King Darius, should be cast into the lions den. Did this stop Daniel from doing what he was accustomed in doing, which was to kneel upon his knees three times a day and pray and to give thanks before his God? Absolutely not...."Now when Daniel knew that
the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being
open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three
times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did
aforetime." Daniel 6:10   His obedience and faithfulness to the Almighty Sovereign God of the universe almost cost him his life. It's Hopeless, But God. The question is how would you and I respond if we knew that to remain trusting, loving, following and honoring God would invite pending doom to our lives? Most everyone knows that instead of Daniel becoming dinner for those hungry lions, those who plotted against Daniel became tasty morsels. 

      There is another account from the Bible that placed the lives of three Jews, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in quite the pickle. These three young men feared God over man. Were they scared? Of course they were! ....."they loved not their lives unto the death." Revelation 12:11... They knew their doom was imminent but chose to obey God rather than Nebuchadnezzar. This reminds me what Peter said in response to those who tried to intimidate him in the book of Acts: "...
Did not we straitly command you that ye should not teach in this name?
and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to
bring this man's blood upon us Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men" Acts 5:28 &29  Even though they were about to be cast into a fiery furnace for disobeying the king they responded by saying: "
it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning
fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up." Daniel 3: 17 &18 
Nebuchadnezzar was furious! I'm not sure which was hotter the furncace or the king. LOL!!! 

 It's Hopeless, But God. The Lord honored their faith in Him to be delivered; but more importantly, He honored them for loving Him more than their own lives. We can learn a lot from these three courageous men. Amen! 
      Lastly, I cannot pass up the opportunity to share with you  one of my favorite accounts from the everlasting, inerrant, infallible, forever settled in heaven living Word of God. If this doesn't increase your faith then I am afraid nothing will.  "Now
it came to pass on a certain day, that he went into a ship with his
disciples: and he said unto them, Let us go over unto the other side of
the lake. And they launched forth. But
as they sailed he fell asleep: and there came down a storm of wind on
the lake; and they were filled with water, and were in jeopardy. And
they came to him, and awoke him, saying, Master, master, we perish.
Then he arose, and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water: and
they ceased, and there was a calm. And
he said unto them, Where is your faith? And they being afraid wondered,
saying one to another, What manner of man is this! for he commandeth
even the winds and water, and they obey him." Luke 8:22-25 It's Hopeless, But God. There is something about that story that resonates in my heart saying: ' never ever doubt God ever again!' While the disciples could only see diasater and death they forgot that the Creator of heaven and earth who fed over 5,000 people with just a few loaves and fishes was on board ship. Even though He was sleeping and perhaps was unaware what was going on, doesn't it makes sense that He couldn't have been sleeping very sound?

 Apparently He was because all the commotion did not wake Him up. Do you think that maybe just maybe He was not the least bit worried what was going on around Him? I like to think that He was tired and would have loved it if the disciples were aware of who was on board and just sat back and enjoyed the ride knowing that He , Jesus was not about to drown nor allow them to either. Scripture kind of leans to that type of thinking based on the response of the Master after He calmed the storm. " Where is your faith? Are you kidding? Come on Lord, aren't you being a little unfair with such a question...where is your faith? Have mercy Lord what if the shoe was on the other foot; would you have been scared Lord?
     I hope your faith has been challenged as mine has by these true accounts from Scripture. If I have learned anything it is this that no matter what the outcome, if you are in the will of God,it is always best to obey God and leave the rest with Him! Amen!

Have you ever been there? or are you there now? How are you handling your hopeless situation? Please share with us .......

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