by David Wilkerson

The Bible shows a pattern in the lives of all Godīs people. In case

after case, when God began to fulfill his promises, the roof seemed to cave in.

Think of Daniel, a handsome, gifted young man who was chosen

to serve in the kingīs palace (see Daniel 1:3-6). He pledged

himself to a life of holiness and separation from the world and

was promoted because of his excellence. "Then this Daniel

distinguished himself .... Because an excellent spirit was in him;

and the king gave thought to setting him over the whole realm"

(Daniel 6:3). But devious men became jealous and devised a

plan to destroy Daniel, resulting in his being thrown into a den

of lions. God intervened and delivered his servant by shutting

the mouths of the lions!

Think of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, three exceptional

young men who were brought to the kingīs palace, where they

were made leaders in the government. However, when the king

commanded that everyone bow before his false god, they refused

and were immediately bound and thrown into the fiery furnace

that was prepared for them. All seemed lost until the Son of God

showed up in the fire and delivered them!

And think of Elijah. God gave him a glorious promise of a spiritual

awakening in the land, of an outpouring of abundant rain, and a

new day of victory for Godīs people. Wicked Ahab and Jezebel

were to be overthrown and peace was to rule over the realm. But

Jezebel threatened Elijahīs life, the prophets of God were killed,

and the land continued in wickedness and drought. Elijah felt

alone and confused before the promise was fulfilled. Read this

account in 1 Kings 18 and 19.

Do not be deterred by adverse, confusing circumstances in your

life. One does not go from the prayer closet directly to some

mountaintop victory. You may have to go to the lionsī den, or the

fiery furnace, or the valley of confusion. But do not despair! God

is sovereign and the Shepherd is still leading. Your suffering and

confusion will give way to a faith that will never fail - a faith that

has been tried, as gold, in the fire of adversity.