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How to Maintain a Godly Reaction in Times of Trouble

When Arioch, the commander of the king’s guard, came to kill them, Daniel handled the situation with wisdom and discretion. Daniel went at once to see the king and requested more time to tell the king what the dream meant. Then Daniel went home and told his friends Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah what had happened. He urged them to ask the God of heaven to show them his mercy by telling them the secret, so they would not be executed along with the other wise men of Babylon. That night the secret was revealed to Daniel in a vision. Then Daniel praised the God of heaven. (Daniel 2:14, 16-19 NLT)

In this event, we see the wisdom and faith of Daniel in his composure when faced with trouble. Because none of the wise men could interpret the king’s dream, the king decreed all the wise men of Babylon to be executed, including Daniel and his friends Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. In the face of death, Daniel handled the situation in four ways.

 

  1. He used wisdom and discretion. Instead of panicking, Daniel went directly to the king to gather more details on the king’s dream and asked for more time. He did all he could and moved in wisdom instead of worry. He knew that God was still in control. 
  2. He gathered with trusted friends who believed in God’s power. Choosing people to surround yourself with during hardships is a big deal. Some will build your faith, others will build your flesh and some will feed your doubt. Make sure you’re using discernment to go to the right people who are wise and aligned with God, because emotions can leave us vulnerable and God’s promises need to be reassured.
  3. They prayed to God, urging for His help in this situation. Prayer is the vessel that brings the power of Heaven onto Earth. It makes the impossible possible and the unknown known. Use prayer as your steering wheel to navigate the situation and not as your spare tire in a last-minute attempt. God should be our first resort because He IS our solution to ANY problem. He is faithful to make a way.
  4. They sang praises to God. Praise lifts our spirits and causes us to focus on God more than our troubles. The more we look at the problem, the smaller we see God’s power. Praise God in advance despite the storm you’re facing, knowing that He’s already made a way. Shift your focus to God’s promise and power by singing praises NO MATTER WHAT. Wait expectantly on Him, knowing all things have already worked out for good, according to those who love Him (Romans 8:28).

 

How Do YOU React?

How do you react in times of distress? Reaction is everything. It can either make a bad situation worse or turn things around for good. But it all depends on how you choose to handle it.

Here are four things you can do (not necessarily in this order):

  1. Gather the facts. Act in wisdom instead of worry or frustration, and do what you can.
  2. Share the burden with trusted friends who will remind you of God’s faithfulness and pray with you.
  3. Pray hard and give your worries to Him. Decide to trust Him.
  4. Praise Him in advance for who He is and what He will do. It’s faith that pleases God.

 

What helps you maintain self-control in times of trouble? Comment below!

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