Today I am honored to share a guest post from my very dear friend and mentor, Aleta Biddy. Last year, my Bible study group worked through a study that left me personally convicted to find a spiritual mentor to hold me accountable since my life roles often place me at the forefront of spiritual battles. Thus, ever since last summer, Aleta and I have met monthly to share life, Biblical insights, and pray together. It has been such a blessing to learn from and live under the guidance of this very wise woman. And now, today, I have the honor of sharing her with you! May you be blessed by her words as I am each and every month.
Had an ‘epiphany’ this morning upon awakening! It isn’t anything someone smarter than I has not already internalized, but it seemed very clear to me all of a sudden.
My hunk-o-burnin’-love (husband) and I watched a Netflix movie last night, The Book of Daniel. As a result, it lingered in my mind. The point God made to me was this:
Daniel’s, and his three friends’, great, horrible, impossible trials (lions’ den and burning furnace) were not necessarily placed upon them to refine and mature them personally, although that most certainly did occur, but were allowed in their lives for the sake of the kings whom God wanted to teach about Himself. In other words, these KINGS were the objects of God’s teaching, not the instruments OF the teaching (Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego).
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Nebuchadnezzar was moved to worship the Most High God through the witness of three men who loved God no matter what, even if it meant stepping into a horrific, painful death. Darius was convinced that God is above all gods and called all his kingdom to reverence the Most High God after he witnessed this God saving innocent Daniel from the vicious, ravenous lions’ mouths.
Might I have the high and lofty privilege of serving Him in a way that even begins to approach the depth of Daniel’s faith? What if I might face death so that my faithful adherence to His goodness could bring a perishing soul to the foot of the Savior’s cross? Can I remember this lesson from Daniel? As in REALLY remember it when trials come?
Lord, I confess I don’t want to face a lion, yet I humbly pray that if that occurs, I might hearken back to what You so graciously showed me, personally, this very morning. Thank you for Your touch! Help me serve You better and desire Your Kingdom above all!
Aleta Biddy defines herself as a gray-haired mother of four, wife of husband (Hunk), and retired 20-year homeschool teacher. Currently, she spends her hours tending the home and retired Hunk, being mom/friend to two in-house adult daughters and one out-of-house son, taking her Mother to various doctors’ appointments, teaching Bible study to overachievers who meet at 7 a.m. each week, and making as many trips as possible to the East Coast to see the married daughter and her Marines-pilot husband. She firmly believes God has graciously equipped her to wear many hats and hopes to someday become proficient in at least one of them!