Sunday, Drew Richey (Associate Student Ministries Pastor) took us to Chapter 2 of Daniel, exposing us to ways we can confront the Freak Out moments in life; understanding that for some, how we handle these moments is our invasion point. In the moments when life does not go as we had hoped or planned, our response to difficult circumstances may be a stronger testimony of our faith to others than when we’re riding the mountaintops.
Daniel 2:14-19- Is the story of Daniel interpreting Nebuchadnezzar’s dream, amidst pressure and potential death…. a bit of a “crisis” moment for Daniel and his friends.
Freak Out moments should not come as a surprise to us…
James 1:2- “When troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy…”
1. Don’t freak out.
2. Don’t think, just do– Prepare yourself for crisis (freak out) moments when you are not in the crisis, so that your response will be reflective of God’s wisdom, courage, and grace.
How to Handle Freak Out Moments
1. Use/Ask God for Wisdom ( Daniel 2:14, James 1:5-8)
2. Make Prayer a habit when we are on the mountain top or in the valley.
- Daniel’s Habit of Prayer (Dan. 2:18, 6:10, 9:3-23, 10:12)
- Philippians 4:16
- Trickle effect of habitual prayers: crisis hits… ‘Don’t Think, Just Do’… we find ourselves on our knees before our Heavenly Father.
3. Surround yourself with “spiritually” like-minded friends (Daniel 2:17)
- 1 Samuel 18- David/Jonathan
- We need spiritually mature friends who can offer perspective, offer encouragement, and offfer support–all through the lens of Jesus.
“The next best thing to being wise oneself is to live in a circle of those who are.” – C.S. Lewis
4. When Freak Out Moments come let the church be the church. And church…be the church.
5. When Freak Out Moments come, Run Toward, Not Away. (Daniel 2:20-23)
- In the valley or on the mountaintop… no matter what the outcomes, God is still God. And God is still good.