Session 13

What if turmoil is an opportunity?

From Daniel: A 14-Day Devotional

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Daniel 11

Do you remember where you were on 9/11? An overwhelming sense of uncertainty and fear dominated our country on that day and for many more after. Church attendance spiked as people searched for a way to cope. 

In chaos, our hearts long for stability. We want answers, leadership, and clear direction. When the world is in turmoil, even skeptics are more likely to pick up a Bible and pray. 

As Daniel gains insight into the future, he is reminded that difficult times are an opportunity to share the reason for our hope.  

In Daniel 11, the heavenly being tells Daniel that those who are wise will take the opportunity to instruct many. Hundreds of years later, the apostle Peter shares a similar message with early Christians, writing, “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect...” (1 Peter 3:15). 

The reality is not everyone will want to hear what we have to say (Daniel 11:33). In those situations, it’s important to remember that God uses difficulty to refine and purify us as well (Daniel 11:35). Sometimes, refinement comes through receiving an uncomfortable or unpopular correction. Sometimes, refinement comes as we persevere in faith despite persecution. 

No matter how great the opposition we face, we take heart in knowing that if we will stay faithful to God, He promises to deliver us and to bring glory to His name.  

Reflect:
  • What is your hope during times of difficulty or uncertainty? 
  • How do you explain your source of hope to others?
  • What are you feeling uncertain about right now? How is God refining your heart through the turmoil you’re facing?

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Devotionals From This Study

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Session 1

How determined are you?

When you hear the word “resolve,” what comes to mind? Maybe you pictured a determined athlete, a 2-year-old who doesn’t want to back down...

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Session 2

Do you need God to do the impossible?

Have you ever found yourself in a seemingly impossible situation? Perhaps a relationship was in a rocky place. Maybe your finances were i...

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Session 3

Are you using your abilities to make much of you?

Ever notice how some people are just naturally good at certain things?  The numbers person leaves others in awe at her ability to c...

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Session 4

What happens when you stand up for your faith

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Session 5

How to know pride is sneaking into your life?

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Session 6

Are you following Jesus for the right reasons?

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Session 7

How to respond when you’re thrown to the lions

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Session 8

We are the champions

Jesus’ coming is foreshadowed throughout the Bible. In Daniel 7, Daniel’s dream gives him a glimpse at what’s to come: “...the holy peopl...

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Session 9

What you can’t see when work is in progress

Art galleries are full of masterpieces that began with a simple brush stroke. We stand in awe at the finished product, but rarely do we g...

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Session 10

Who do you run to?

As kids, we ran to our parents’ room to escape the monsters under the bed. But what becomes our safe place as we get older? Where do you...

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Session 11

Where to find peace when you’re scared

When was the last time you were really scared?  As a child, you might have woken from a bad dream only to find yourself staring int...

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Session 12

God hears our prayers

We’ve all done it. A call drops, but we keep talking. Sometimes it takes a few seconds and sometimes it takes a few minutes, but eventual...

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Session 13

What if turmoil is an opportunity?

Do you remember where you were on 9/11? An overwhelming sense of uncertainty and fear dominated our country on that day and for many more...

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Session 14

We don’t have to fear the end of the world

The Bible is not silent about the end times — that is, what will unfold on the earth shortly preceding Jesus’ return to the earth. Daniel...

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