Scripture passage: Daniel 2:1-49
A couple of weeks ago, we talked about Daniel and how he remained unshakable in the face of adversity. The word adversity actually means “a state of hardship or affliction; misfortune, or a calamitous event.” There are many people that believe adversity and a desperate situation are two in the same, however they would be mistaken. The word desperate as defined by the Fourth Edition of the American Heritage Dictionary means, “having lost all hope; despairing; marked by, arising from, or showing despair; reckless or violent as a last resort; or nearly hopeless; critical.”
In the second chapter of the Book of Daniel, he isn’t facing adversity as he once did, however he is caught in a nearly hopeless or critical situation. Why? King Nebuchadnezzar had a bizarre dream and he wanted to know what it meant. He had asked all of his pagan wise men to tell him the dream and to interpret it for him. Due to the pagan wise men of Babylon not being able to tell Nebuchadnezzar of his dream and of its interpretation, he orders for all of the magicians, astrologers, sorcerers, and the Chaldeans to be executed. Although Daniel was not any of those things, he was considered by the government of Babylon as such and was sought also out to be killed.
If there was ever a desperate situation, this was it! It is similar of being falsely accused of a horrible crime for which you are sent to death row and you’re currently awaiting execution. You’re hoping for a presidential pardon, or for your lawyers to find evidence that will work in your favor, or better yet you’re hoping for a miracle from God. When you’re in a desperate situation, how do you handle it? What are the first thoughts that race through your mind? This is the time when many people have thrown in the towel, or they react in an ungodly manner, but not Daniel! He reacted differently.
Daniel was unshakable in a desperate situation. He did not flinch! He did not blame God or anyone else for his predicament! He did not become discouraged! He didn’t even say, “Whoa is me!” He trusted God. What about you? What would you do? What should you do the next time you find yourself in desperate situation? Here are some things that will help if you ever find yourself in a desperate situation:
(1) Remain calm. God is in control!
(2) Trust God to deliver you!
(3) Seek God through prayer!
(4) Have faith in His answer!
(5) Do not forget to praise Him when He delivers you!
Keith Stewart is the pastor of Morriston Baptist Church.