Peter Howard

God is in Control

Daniel answered and said:

“Blessed be the name of God forever and ever,
For wisdom and might are His.
And He changes the times and the seasons;
He removes kings and raises up kings;
He gives wisdom to the wise
And knowledge to those who have understanding.
He reveals deep and secret things;
He knows what is in the darkness,
And light dwells with Him.

Daniel 2:20-22

Pr Peter looks at the life of Daniel and what we can learn about giving God complete control of our lives. Daniel and his friend were living in the presence of the enemy but the real battle was the trial of their faith. Their commitment to serve God meant they allowed God to be control of every aspect of their lives. Because of this God was able to bless them. If we tell God about our problems and have faith and trust in Him no matter what happens, he will be able to lead us, and will one day deliver us from the trials and tribulations of this world to new life awaiting us in heaven.

 The king answered Daniel, and said, “Truly your God is the God of gods, the Lord of kings, and a revealer of secrets, since you could reveal this secret.” Daniel 2:47

David often triumphed in God, and yet he dwelt much upon his own unworthiness and sinfulness. His conscience was not asleep or dead. “My sin,” he cried, “is ever before me.” He did not flatter himself that sin was a matter with which he had nothing to do, and that should not concern him. As he saw the depths of deceit in his heart, he was deeply disgusted with himself, and prayed that God would keep him back by His power from presumptuous sins, and cleanse him from secret faults.

It is not safe for us to close our eyes and harden our consciences, that we shall not see or realize our sins. We need to cherish the instruction we have had in regard to the hateful character of sin in order that we may repent of and confess our sins  EGW (Letter 71, 1893).