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Safe Amid Mayhem

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Daniel 2:24 -3:30

The picture spoke volumes. It was a shot of the crowd, chaos and mayhem inside Wal-Mart for the Black Friday sale, taken at 9:02 p.m. Thanksgiving night. My youngest son “needed” a new XBox console. In response to the photo, my oldest son said, “You need to go somewhere that doesn’t have deals like that!” It would be worth paying more, he thought, to go somewhere less crowded, somewhere quicker, somewhere “safe.”

When life gets chaotic, often our first reaction is to run away. But Daniel didn’t. Instead, he stepped into the chaos and mayhem and asked for an audience with the king. He stepped out in faith not knowing what he might do, but believing in his God. Daniel told the king, “No wise man, enchanter, magician or diviner can explain to the king the mystery he has asked about, but there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries” (Daniel 2:27-28). And God, using Daniel, told the king his dream and its interpretation.

God honored Daniel’s request and answered the prayers of his friends. They didn’t run to somewhere safe, they ran to someone safe. King Nebuchadnezzor summed it up best: “Surely your God is the God of gods” (Daniel 2:47). Our God is someone safe, and He is a safe place to run in the chaos.

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