Control or Trust?

Psalm 107:1–3, 17–22; Daniel 12:5–13; Ephesians 1:7–14 (read online ⧉)

Many of Daniel’s s are held up in the church today as applying to today. There are fundamental s in Daniel’s s (and the s of other prophets), but we all must be very cautious when trying to apply them to today. Daniel, himself, didn’t know how to interpret his s, so he had to for assistance, in the middle of his . The was interpreting the .

Daniel 12:10 reads, “Many shall be purified, cleansed, and refined, but the wicked shall continue to wickedly. None of the wicked shall understand, but those who are wise shall understand.” This is as true today as the day Daniel had the , as it is today. The words () of Daniel were to be, “…secret and sealed until the time of the .” Daniel was told to, “…go your way, and rest….”

provides much the same guidance, “…he has made known to us the mystery of his will…as a plan for the fullness of time, to gather up all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.”

We yearn to know all the answers and have a fixed understanding. We yearn to know what will happen today and tomorrow. We want a safe and predictable . We also want “the right” answers. The day-to-day is always full of pieces of chaos and unpredictability. Yet the assurance that it is all in God’s hands, and that we can fully rely on him, should us the ability to not be tossed about in our anxieties and questions.

As the time was approaching for his final walk, , too, had questions and concerns. It is not wrong to wonder and be concerned. If we allow our lack of confidence in God to ground us, the winds and waves of the world will continue to overtake us.

1) Do you ever let your concerns and/or worries overtake your confidence in God?

2) Have you ever tried to comfort someone or yourself by saying God has it all under control?

3) How did that work? Did it really bring comfort?

Pastor Ian

By Pastor Ian

Ian is an ordained Elder in The Church of the Nazarene, and is currently serving as the Online Campus Pastor at Generations Community Church in Marysville, WA, USA.