God Controls the Present

Nebuchadnezzar controlled the whole empire of Babylon. But the God of heaven controlled the whole world. We learned that God creates the past. Now, He controls the present.

So the decree went out, and the wise men were about to be killed; and they sought Daniel and his companions, to kill them.

Then Daniel replied with prudence and discretion to Arioch, the captain of the king’s guard, who had gone out to kill the wise men of Babylon. He declared to Arioch, the king’s captain, “Why is the decree of the king so urgent?”

Then Arioch made the matter known to Daniel. And Daniel went in and requested the king to appoint him a time, that he might show the interpretation to the king. (Daniel 2:13-16 ESV)

The king’s decree threatens the lives of Daniel and his prophetic friends—Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. Daniel was calm, composed, and courageous. Faced with this crisis, he asks an audience with the king.

Brethren, how you behave in a crisis shows your character. David Guzik wrote, “In one sense, crises do not make the man, they reveal the man.”

Why was Daniel calm and composed? Because his mind stayed in the Lord. Isa. 26:3 says, “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you” (ESV). Daniel did not panic, because he leaned upon God. His mind stayed and rested on God and His Word.

That is the key to having peace of mind in the midst of a turbulent world. The key is to stay your mind on the Lord by faith. Cast your burdens to God in prayer. Phil. 4:6-7, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (NKJV)

Peace is not the absence of problems, but the presence the peace of God. God controls your present today, because He gives you His peace. Stay your mind in God and His Word. Trust in the Lord today. The peace of the God of peace will guard your heart!

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