Father Knows Best

Daniel answered and said, Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are his: And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding: He revealeth the deep and secret things: he knoweth what is in the darkness, and the light dwelleth with him. (Daniel 2:20-22)

It is so comforting to read this passage and be reminded that God is in control of all things, especially in a difficult season. To know that in  times of struggle we are wholly under His control can be frustrating if we forget that He loves us. But when we remember that He loves us AND that He is in control of how long these seasons last, is comforting. The season you are in will last only as long as your loving, omniscient, omnipotent Father allows it to. There will come a day when He will quell the storm that is currently rocking your life to and fro, but for now you can take comfort that each wave rises only by His authority.
Daniel knew a thing or two about difficult seasons, between being a slave and lions’ dinner at different points in his life. And like the rest of us, I’m sure that Daniel frequently had to remind himself what He had been brought through already and what it had revealed to him of God’s power and control. Like Daniel, it’s important for us to recall the past seasons of difficulty that God has brought us through already. It’s also crucial for us to surround ourselves with brothers and sisters in Christ who have come out of the den and who can be instrumental in helping us remember the power of God in controlling the timing and seasons of our lives. If we let ourselves think that we are the only ones who have ever had a hard season, we will only make it more difficult on ourselves to trust God’s love and control.
Whatever you are walking through, remember that the God of the universe, the eternal, ageless, timeless One has set this season for you. He saw its beginning and He sees its end. He sees all that it will accomplish in you and others for the good of those who love Him. The role of time in our lives can be complex and frustrating, but we serve a God who created time and is outside of it, drawing its bounds and limitations and even moving it to serve His perfect plan.

When I read this I couldn’t help but think of how lost I would be without Him. I do take comfort in knowing that with each wave that rises only does so by His authority and He sees the beginning and He sees the end of everything I go through. Surround yourself with those who can be instrumental in helping you remember the power of God in controlling the timing and seasons of your life.

Have a wonderful day in The Lord!

Today’s Reading is Daniel 2:20-22