Posted by: kathryngraves | October 26, 2012

Change Agents

“I make a decree that in every dominion of my kingdom men must tremble and fear before the God of Daniel. For He is the living God. And steadfast forever; His kingdom is the one which shall not be destroyed. And His dominion shall endure to the end. He delivers and rescues, And He works signs and wonders In heaven and on earth, Who has delivered Daniel from the power of the lions.” Daniel 6:26-27

Change Agent. It is almost a year since my cancer treatment ended, and I still have people approach me on occasion, telling me how they watched me and were motivated or blessed or inspired in their own spiritual journey. I don’t say that to put myself on a pedestal–I know the “behind the scenes” account!–but to encourage you who suffer.

Walking Bible. Yes, suffering is terrible. I didn’t want to be the change agent who suffered. I’m sure you don’t, either. But if we remember that our lives are instructional for others, it can help. We’ve heard it said, “You are the only Bible others may ever read.” It’s true.

Daniel’s Example. And it was true for Daniel and his friends. They didn’t ask to be taken captive to a foreign country. Furthermore, the king of that country never would have consented to read a Hebrew scroll. He wasn’t the tiniest bit interested in Daniel’s religion. In fact, he tried to wipe it out of their memories by changing their diets and their names. When they refused to bow to the king’s idol, he tried to have them burned in a furnace. Jealous officials set a trap for Daniel to get rid of him. Daniel knew that if he prayed openly, he would pay with his life. He did it anyway. All along, the king was paying attention. This final act won him over.

We don’t know who might be watching us. If we enter suffering remembering this principle, God will use it to glorify himself and change someone’s life. That brings good out of the worst tragedy. Therein lies hope.

“Christ in you, the hope of glory.” Colossians 1:27.

 

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