Bible Study

God is in Control–Daniel 2 and 7

(Re-post from what I wrote for Calvary Church blog)

God is in control, mapping out the course of history—of our lives.

Daniel 2 and 7 provides a panorama of history.  The most complete and comprehensive picture of what God would and will accomplish—through governments and kings—whom He controls.

As we look at our own life situations we have to accept that even though God is in control, there are some things in our lives which we can’t control. 

How do you handle the curve balls that come your way?

As we look at our own life situations we have to also accept that we do have control over our responses to the circumstances we face.  We can choose how we will respond even when we can’t choose to change the circumstance.

Daniel chose

  • Polite and respectful questions
  • Not to panic
  • Prayer
  • Praise and worship

Daniel chose to let God be God—to trust Him.  That he has a plan and can accomplish it.

How are you responding to your circumstances, trials and challenges?

The ultimate point of the passage is that God is in control.  He will establish His kingdom—a kingdom that will not end.  A kingdom that will eventually bring to an end a series of human kingdoms.  We have seen part of this prophecy fulfilled—which should inspire our confidence that God will be faithful to fulfill what He has promised.

How will you be used by God while you wait for God to fulfill His word?

Author: Steve

Steve Kilgore joined the staff of Calvary Church in Lancaster, PA in the fall of 2002 as the Pastor of Discipleship to facilitate the equipping ministries, which include Adult Bible Fellowship and other adult discipleship ministries, and work with the rest of the education ministries. He currently serves as the Executive Pastor of Ministries with a focus on providing ministries that facility individuals taking intentional Next Steps for growing and participating in the leadership and administrative aspect at Calvary. He has also taught part-time at Lancaster Bible College in the area of Spiritual Formation and New Testament. Prior to coming to Calvary he served in two churches as well as taught part-time at Philadelphia Biblical University. He was born in Dallas, Texas, but spent the first 13 years of his life in Guatemala where his parents were missionaries. It was there at the age of four and a half that Steve placed his faith in Christ as his Savior. Steve received a Bachelor’s degree in Bible from Philadelphia College of Bible and a Masters of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary. Steve and his wife, Mary Anne, have their two boys, Andrew and Nathan (both in college), and live in East Lampeter Township. Steve lives and ministers by the personal motto, Know what you believe and why, live it, be able to defend it. His hobbies, other than playing with his family, include tinkering with computers, reading, drinking coffee with his wife, playing and watching basketball. Steve and Mary Anne are looking forward to exploring new hobbies as they transition to life as empty-nesters.

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