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When Anxiety Gets the Best of You

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October 4, 2018

“He changes the times and seasons; he removes kings and establishes kings.  He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding. He reveals the deep and hidden things; he knows what’s in the darkness and light dwells with him.” (Daniel 2:21-22 CSB)

One of the limitations upon us as human beings is that we only know what we know, and there are countless things that we don’t know yet. We don’t know what’s going to happen in the future. We don’t know the greater purposes behind what occurs in our lives. We often don’t even know how to interpret the things that we do see happening around us. Our knowledge is very limited, and it can be a little frustrating some days!

During his reign as king in Babylon, Nebuchadnezzar became very concerned about a dream he had that was disturbing his sleep. He didn’t know what to make of it or what the dream meant. So he ordered his magicians and sorcerers to interpret the dream for him. Now he didn’t make it easy on them. He wanted them to interpret his dream but refused to tell them the actual details of it. They needed to figure out what the dream was, along with the interpretation of it, otherwise, Nebuchadnezzar would have them destroyed. Not surprisingly, the king’s men freaked out about this, saying, “No one on earth can make known what the king requests” (v.10).

Daniel though had a much better plan than simply freaking out. He pulled together his three friends and urged them to call out to God for mercy concerning this mystery. And what happened? As they humbled themselves before God, “The mystery was then revealed to Daniel in a vision at night”. God made known to Daniel exactly what he needed to know at that moment because God is “the revealer of mysteries” (v.29).

There is peace that comes from knowing that God’s knowledge is limitless, perfect, and complete. All the things that are a mystery to us or that we don’t understand are perfectly clear to God. Light dwells with him. He sees the future. He knows what’s in the darkness. He reveals the deep and hidden things that we do not see or know. We don’t need to worry about what is going to happen today or in the future, because God already knows. We don’t need to try to understand His purposes, because He is sovereign and good. Instead of being anxious over all the things that we don’t yet know or understand, we simply need to seek and trust the God whose knowledge is complete and lacking nothing. He sees it all and has it all under control. And He will reveal what we need to know to take our next step of faith.

* Originally posted on www.kingdomdrivendaily.com. Used with permission.

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Jonathan Miller has served in pastoral roles for more than 15 years in Barrie, Oakville and Burlington, Ontario in Canada, and most recently for 7 years at Prison Fellowship Canada as National Director and COO. He currently serves as the Chief Ministry Officer at Scott Mission in Toronto.

Jon is an ordained minister with The Alliance Canada, holds degrees from McMaster University and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and is a graduate of the Arrow Leadership program. Jon is also the lead content contributor to Kingdom Driven Daily.

He and his wife Adrienne have been married since 2004, and live in Burlington, Ontario with their four children.

Jon’s greatest passion is to know Jesus and to see lives transformed by Him and for Him.