Crunch Time (3 of 12) by Keith Krell

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Crunch Time (3 of 12)
Series: Courageous Living in Chaotic Times
Keith Krell
Daniel 2:1-49

Have you ever been thrust into the spotlight at crunch time? Stop for just a moment and scan your memory bank. If you have an athletic background, have you stepped to the free-throw line in the second half with the game on the line? Have you stood at home plate in the final inning with two outs and the game tied? Have you been the soccer goalie trying to protect your goal in the waning moments with your team up by one? Perhaps your skill-set has not been your body but your mind. Have you experienced butterflies as the final contestant in a school spelling bee? Have you represented your school for the science fair and felt the pressure to win? Have you had to give a speech when running as a student body officer and struggled through the sweaty palms and pounding heart?

These are just a few "crunch time" experiences that perhaps you can relate to. Whether physical or intellectual challenges, as Christians, we recognize that we need the Lord to come through in the clutch. It's likely, though, that many of these experiences are in the past for you. Now you probably have pressing personal challenges and concerns. Maybe you have put forth a small business bid that could make the difference between your family being fed and going hungry this month. Perhaps you have been told that if you share your faith one more time at work, you will be let go. Maybe your spouse has said if you have one more fit of anger she will leave you. These are "crunch time" experiences that most of us can relate to in one way or another. Life is filled with challenging circumstances where we find ourselves in the pressure cooker. In such times, we need courage, faith, and godly wisdom. We must also recognize that God is large and in charge. Daniel 2, reminds us that: God's wisdom reveals life's mysteries.

Act 1: The failure of the Babylonian sages to interpret Nebuchadnezzar's dream (2:1-13). ...

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