Just pray more!
My last few days were quite challenging. I kept asking myself, now what's next? I didn't complain or worry though. When ever I'm going through something, I always remember that somebody else probably has it much worse than me and I haven't reached a Daniel or Job or Joseph situation, so things are still good.
While busy printing some t-shirts for an order that I had, God reminded me of the story of Daniel. People grew jealous of him. They started to hate him a lot because he was favoured by the king and was doing his job. He was a very outstanding person in the King's eyes.
That sounds like your situation now, right? You're shining in school or on the job and people are just hating you for nothing. You stay busy at church and always volunteer your help in your community and you get used a lot and bench warmers sit there and bad talk you and wish all the bad for you right?
Many people probably laugh with you and you hear about the evil things they say about you behind your back. Many of them even have the audacity to play like they're you best friends. I know. I know.
Some of them go the extra mile to try and send you crazy by applying pressure or trying to cause you to live in fear. Some even wish you could die. I know. I know.
Friend, that isn't bad yet. That's people! So be very careful with EVERYONE. They can turn on you just like that. Watch your family and friends closely. Expect anything from ANYONE at anytime.
I've been there many times. You too - right? Interestingly enough, what we've been through cannot be compared to Daniel. He had people hate him so much, that they went to the extreme to get a law setup against him. WOW! They wanted him dead because he was too OUTSTANDING.
I love what Daniel did. When they turned up the pressure on him, he turned up the prayer. What do I mean by turning up the prayer? He knew that the God he was trusting was well able to deliver him from anything and everything. He didn't become fearful. Neither should you!
To prove how BOLD Daniel was, when his nation was summoned to not pray to any other god but the king, Daniel went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime. (Daniel 6:10 KJV)
I'm totally excited. Do you understand what he did. PUBLICLY DISOBEYED because he knew that his God was bound to deliver. Deliverance doesn't come instantly though. God allows Daniel to go down to his LOWEST. LOWEST I say. He was actually thrown into the den of lions and spent the night. They den of lions then is what we CALL JAIL TODAY.
God victoriously delivered him while he was down to his LOWEST- IN ANCIENT JAIL and still trusting him.
Friend. You're not there yet. The fact is, that none of us would ever like to go down to our lowest. I've been there. I know how it feels. I can testify of that. If you ever feel like you're there though, like Daniel, still pray. Still trust God. When you do, be assured that deliverance will soon come to your door.
God delivered Daniel. He delivered many others. God delivered me. You know about that right? He can DELIVER YOU TOO!
What you're going through doesn't mean that you are worst than anybody else. Ask for God's forgiveness and deliverance and just wait on him. Don't let society make you feel any different or any lower than anybody. It's nothing new. People are in the condemning business since Bible days. Do you remember when they wanted to stone the woman caught in the act of adultery? What did a caring and forgiving Jesus say? John 8:7 "He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her."
Hope is Ahead! Don't Give Up!