UCG Logo United Church of God - Australia

Unshakable faith from the book of Daniel

Unshakable faith from the book of Daniel Written by Shana Heslin

Unshakable faith from the book of Daniel

All of us, as Christians, face times of challenge to our faith; times when we must make difficult decisions to affirm our convictions. These crisis moments help us asses our level of commitment, prove us before God, and serve as a testament to witnesses who see us face these challenges and who learn from our example.

Many of us have already lost friends, jobs and other life opportunities because of our faith in God, and for our commitment to His law. Those of us who are baptised undertook our commitment with a willingness to sacrifice everything, even our lives, to honour God. However, are we really so convicted that we would stand firm in life-and-death circumstances?

The Biblical story of Daniel, also incorporating the account of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, is one that we know well. These are stories that many of us would have first heard as children, before we were able to analyse them in a real-world context, and put ourselves in the heroes’ shoes.

When we compare the circumstances of the book of Daniel with the reality of our own lives, it is striking for these men to have trusted in the unseen God with such unshakable faith that they were willing to be thrown into a fiery furnace (Daniel 3:12-29) and a lion’s den (Daniel 6:10-23) to honour God. If we were faced with the same dire circumstances, would we have stood firm in our convictions? Or might we not have preferred just to bow to the statue, or to pray in secret? We may think that surely God would understand such circumstances as being an “ox in the ditch” situation.

Although God’s instructions for day-to-day life are very clear, we may still struggle to implement His laws in small ways, sometimes trifling over ambiguities and, at other times, concluding that God will understand our need to make an exception in ‘unusually difficult circumstances’.

We do, indeed, live in a messy world with increasing ambiguities and expectations of leniency in all areas of life. Yet, in the reality of obedience to God, there is coming a time when some of His people will face death for their faith. Those who will be counted among the saints are those who ask for God’s strength and deliverance, and who adhere to God’s law, whatever the cost.

It can be uncomfortable to dwell on the potential outcomes of this frightening time to come. However, by loving God, having a strong relationship with Him and keeping His commandments, we will be given all the resources we need in our time of crisis to step out in real faith, knowing that the God in whom we trust will raise us up.

Unshakable faith is built through small acts of faithful obedience. Let us consider our obedience to God now, in the everyday challenges we face, so that God can build in us a truly unshakable foundation of faith. May God give us the confidence and strength to follow Him until the end.

Related Items

Related Articles

  • You Can Have Living Faith

    You Can Have Living Faith

    STUDY GUIDE

    There is a crisis of faith. Few people place confidence in God or the future. Many have no faith their marriages will survive, that political leaders will honourably serve their country or that education will prepare them adequately for the challenges ahead. Faith is all too rare today. This booklet will help you understand the keys to living faith.

  • Tools for Spiritual Growth

    Tools for Spiritual Growth

    STUDY GUIDE

    Are you desiring a closer relationship with God? If so, where do you start? What tools can you use to grow spiritually and build that all-important relationship with your Creator? This important study aid will set you on the right path. Read and begin implementing these important elements today!

  • Just what do you mean … faith in God?

    About the Author

    Shana Heslin

    Shana Heslin

    Shana attends the United Church of God in Melbourne East and is a student of language.

    Leave a comment

    You are commenting as guest.

    'Beyond Today' magazine

    Beyond Today is a bi-monthly Christian magazine, made available absolutely free upon request, or online. Subscribe now.

    The magazine is the print companion to the Beyond Today television program.

    Subscribe today, and be informed about what the Bible says about life in the 21st Century.

    'Beyond Today' Television

    Beyond Today is the official television program of the United Church of God, An International Association. The program airs each Sunday morning at 7:30am on 9GEM TV throughout Australia.

    Beyond Today episodes are also available for viewing online here.

    Our Teachings

    The United Church of God encourages loving and faithful obedience to the Creator God our Father, with the hope and promise of Salvation made possible through Jesus Christ. We learn about God and His desire for mankind though the revelation of His Law and the rest of inspired Scripture, as taught and interpretted by Jesus. We teach love toward our fellowman without regard to race or creed.

    See our statement of beliefs and other literature for more details or to order free study guides.

    UCGia

    Contact Us

    Freecall 1800 356 202
    GPO Box 535 Brisbane QLD 4001 Australia

    Email Enquiry Form