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: "If
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!!!