Right now’s Textual content and Considered Encouragement:
“The Lord your God is within the midst of you, a Mighty One, a Saviour (who saves)! He’ll rejoice over you with pleasure; He’ll relaxation in silent satisfaction and in His love He’ll make no point out of previous sins and even recall them; He’ll exult over you with singing.”
Zephaniah 3: 17
“O little hen that sings
Lengthy earlier than the glad day springs,
What radiant victory
You present to me.
You sing of conquering religion,
And of life subduing loss of life,
And of pleasure earlier than the sunshine
Has vanquished night time.
God of the candy bird-song,
Allow us to all be borne alongside
By this triumphant mirth
That’s not of earth.
Foreseeing daybreak, would we
Now exult melodiously,
And sing earlier than the sunshine
Has vanquished night time.”
Right now’s Examine Texts:
Textual content 1:
“As an eagle that stirs up her nest, that flutters over her younger, He unfold overseas His wings and He took them, He bore them on His pinions. So the Lord alone led him; there was no overseas god with Him.”
Deuteronomy 32: 11, 12
Textual content 2:
“Within the second yr of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar, Nebuchadnezzar had desires by which his spirit was troubled and agitated and his sleep went from him…Then Daniel went to his home and made the factor identified to Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah, his companions. In order that they’d want and request mercy of the God of heaven in regards to the secret, that Daniel and his companions mustn’t perish with the remainder of the sensible males of Babylon.”
Daniel 2: 17, 18
“The Furnace of Affliction: – Half eight
“A Forgotten Imaginative and prescient and A Remembered God”
“He (she) is aware of God rightly who is aware of Him in every single place.”
Once I face difficult conditions in my life, do I flip to God first?
“God will not be distant for us. Quite He awaits us each immediate in our motion, within the work of the second. There’s a sense by which He’s on the tip of my pen, my brush, my needle.”
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
Have I skilled in my very own life the sense of God’s presence throughout a time of immense perplexity?
“With the intention to kind a behavior of conversing with God frequently, and referring all we do to Him, we should at first apply to Him with diligence.”
“One of the crucial highly effective ideas, one which is a certain remedy for insecurity, is the thought that God is with you and serving to you. This is without doubt one of the easiest teachings in faith, specifically, that Almighty God might be your companion, will stand by you, enable you to, and see you thru.”
Norman Vincent Peale
King Nebuchadnezzar had solely been on the throne of Babylon for 2 years when a moderately uncommon incidence transpired. It is necessary for us to acknowledge that being a younger king with solely two years “below his belt,” I’m sure Nebuchadnezzar not solely wished to achieve success, he additionally wished his topics, the Babylonian inhabitants, to admire his sensible management. So that you would possibly be capable to think about the frustration he felt when he had desires that one way or the other gave the impression to be of consequence and but when he awoke, he couldn’t keep in mind what the desires have been about.
Nonetheless, because the king had a palace stuffed with “magicians, enchanters, soothsayers, and the sorcerers, in addition to the Chaldean diviners to inform him his desires” (Daniel 2: 2), Nebuchadnezzar wasn’t frightened. He simply gave orders that every one his visionaries come earlier than him to resolve the pesky downside which saved him awake at night time. As Daniel’s file tells us, “the king stated to them (his sensible males), ‘I had a dream and my spirit is troubled to know the dream.’” (Daniel 2: three, Amplified Bible). Frankly, this was certainly an odd request. The king wasn’t involved in regards to the that means of the dream at first. His downside was that he couldn’t even keep in mind what it was that he had dreamed about. Now don’t assume that the group of supposedly “sensible males” who surrounded the king didn’t understand the pickle they have been in. It was moderately straightforward to con the king when he informed them what he had dreamed. When you don’t imagine me, all you need to do is have a look at some month-to-month journal, even revered ones that carry astrological readings for indicators you have been supposedly born below. The very fact is that almost all blurbs are so normal they may match the scenario of any individual wherever on earth. To be blunt – what a racket!
As we discover out in Daniel 2, Daniel and his three buddies belonged to this band of kingly advisors. They have been lumped proper in with the sorcerers, magicians and enchanters. Not a “Godly” group to make sure. So when the con-artists couldn’t meet the king’s demand and inform him what it was that he dreamed, the short-tempered Nebuchadnezzar blew his stack: “I do know with certainty that you’re making an attempt to realize time, since you see the factor is gone from me…If you’ll not disclose to me the dream,” he threatened, “there’s however one sentence for you; for you’ve ready mendacity and corrupt phrases to talk earlier than me, hoping to delay your execution till the time is modified” (Daniel 2: eight, 9).
Having already informed his phony sensible males that “if you don’t disclose to me the dream with its interpretation, you shall be reduce in items and your homes shall be made a dunghill!” (Daniel 2: 5), the king was clearly not going again on his promise. If something, in his fury, he would instantly see that their punishment was swiftly carried out. Daniel offers us a glimpse into the king’s emotional state when he wrote that, “the king was indignant and really livid and commanded that every one the sensible males of Babylon be destroyed” (Daniel 2: 12). If you combine a rash emotional nature with energy, the end result could be devastating for the king didn’t cease to contemplate the truth that his hasty resolution would finish the lives of a few of his brightest palace confidents. As a substitute of giving himself a “cooling off” time period, Daniel 2: 13 reveals that the, “decree went forth that the sensible males have been to be killed, and the officers sought Daniel and his companions to be slain” (Daniel 2: 13).
Reward God that when the king forgot his dream that Daniel and his three Godly companions remembered their God and Daniel “returned a solution which was stuffed with prudence and knowledge” (Daniel 2: 14). Daniel spoke with Arioch, the executioner of the king’s guard…He stated to Arioch, ‘why is the decree so pressing and hasty from the king?’ Then Arioch defined the matter to Daniel “(Daniel 2: 15). As I learn this passage, Daniel and his three Hebrew companions one way or the other should have missed the debacle on the palace so the Bible says that Arioch, “defined the matter to Daniel” who in flip requested for a gathering with the king and it was granted. “Daniel went in and desired of the king that he would set a date and provides him time, and he would present the king the interpretation” (Daniel 2: 16). WOW! I don’t find out about you however Daniel had an excessive amount of confidence telling the king to set a date. However I have to shortly level out that the muse of Daniel’s confidence was not in himself. For the subsequent two verses inform us the place his belief was positioned. “Then Daniel went to his home and made the factor identified to Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, his companions. In order that they’d want and request mercy of the God of heaven regarding this secret, that Daniel and his companions mustn’t perish with the remainder of the sensible males of Babylon” (Daniel 2: 17, 18).
There are three particular classes I wish to draw our consideration to on this story:
Lesson 1: Daniel might really feel assured asking Arioch (his potential executioner) if he might personally discuss to the king as a result of he knew the king. Keep in mind the greens and water meal-plan. Properly, as we discovered yesterday, when the king personally witnessed the wholesome look and nice knowledge exhibited by the 4 Hebrews, once they have been introduced earlier than him, he selected to have a dialogue with them, truly testing their data. “The king conversed with them, and amongst all of them none was like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah.” However maintain on a second, there’s extra to this explicit passage in Daniel 1: 19. Yesterday I underscored the truth that Daniel and his buddies by no means forgot their Hebrew names. They by no means forgot who they belonged to. However at present I wish to add some extra to this thought. For there was another person who didn’t and couldn’t neglect these four Hebrews. After impressing the king with their “ten instances smarter” knowledge, the Bible tells us that “due to this fact they have been assigned to face earlier than the king” (Daniel 1: 19). For these of you who’re “Backyard Regulars,” you’ve in all probability already guessed what I needed to do. I obtained out my Hebrew Concordance to test the Hebrew phrase used for “earlier than” which is “pâneh.” Whereas this phrase is used with broad variation, the primary that means listed is “the face.” In different phrases, these younger males stood going through the king each day. Now don’t inform me Nebuchadnezzar didn’t know and acknowledge them. So when phrase got here that Daniel wished a listening to, it could properly have struck the king that his hasty response to the con males included Daniel and his three buddies who the king didn’t put in the identical class together with his phony advisors. We would assume from a human viewpoint that Daniel was taking his life in his arms when he ventured into the presence of the king however he knew the king. He got here to see, to face the king he stood earlier than, a king who acknowledged him instantly. And this is a crucial lesson for us. Don’t mistake me, I’m not evaluating our heavenly Father in any strategy to Nebuchadnezzar for our Father is gracious, sort and long-suffering. Nonetheless, what I’m saying is that you just and I can have nice confidence after we come into the presence of our King after we know Him. Particularly when we’ve got witnessed how reliable He’s. Because the old-hymn “Solely Belief Him” states, “Sure, Jesus is the reality, the best way, That leads you into relaxation; Consider in Him directly, And you might be totally blest. Solely belief Him, Solely belief Him now.” When you already know the King, you may stand earlier than Him understanding that He’ll do what’s greatest for you, His treasured little one, regardless of the circumstances you end up in.
Lesson 2: Daniel might really feel assured promising that a solution could be given to the king as a result of he had three praying buddies standing with him. This explicit story simply carries inside it the aroma of intercessory prayer. A number of years in the past, I confronted a really robust enterprise downside and I requested 6 particular buddies, individuals who have been in my life for a few years, to wish for me on a sure day and at a sure time. I can’t start to let you know what it was wish to know that I used to be encircled by prayer throughout a really tense assembly. It gave me a way of confidence in a really troublesome scenario. And plenty of instances as I replicate on that day, it has helped me to get via different robust moments for I recall that I sensed the calmness and peace that day that got here from having praying buddies. Lately, a dearest Backyard buddy requested me to wish for her, which I simply love doing. The subsequent day she emailed me, “The whole lot isn’t labored out but however I’m feeling higher in regards to the scenario understanding you might be praying.” By no means underestimate the facility from heaven that’s launched after we pray for one another.
Lesson three: Daniel might really feel assured about this life-threatening scenario as a result of His God had proved Himself again and again. Whereas going via the problem of being plucked from their households and houses and brought to the palace of a overseas idol-worshipping king, the 4 Hebrews had seen their God bestow upon them showers of blessings – good well being, distinctive knowledge, heavenly discernment and the energy to resist the temptations that the Babylonian king thought would make them flip their backs on the God of heaven and earth. As one Christian author penned about this expertise: “Their religion was robust within the consciousness that God had positioned them the place they have been, that they have been doing His work and assembly the calls for of obligation. In instances of perplexity and hazard they’d all the time turned to Him for steerage and safety, and He had proved an ever-present assist. Now they submitted themselves anew to the Decide of the earth, pleading that He would grant them deliverance of their time of particular want. They didn’t plead in useless. The God whom they’d honored, honored them.” Within the phrases of Daniel, “Then the key was revealed to Daniel in a imaginative and prescient within the night time, and Daniel blessed the God of heaven. Daniel answered, ‘Blessed be the identify of God without end and ever! For knowledge and would possibly are His! He modifies the instances and seasons; He removes kings and units up kings; He offers knowledge to the sensible and data to those that have understanding. He reveals the deep and secret issues; He is aware of what’s within the darkness, and the sunshine dwells with Him. I thank You and reward You, O God of my fathers, who has given me knowledge and would possibly and has made identified to me now what we desired of You, for You will have made identified to us the answer to the king’s downside” (Daniel 2: 20-23, Amplified Bible).
Fortunately, our God guarantees that He is identical…yesterday…at present…and tomorrow. And if He might take His kids via the darkness hundreds of years in the past, He can take you and me via the darkness at present. And with Daniel and his three buddies, we too will declare: “I thank You and reward You, O God.”
“I requested the Lord
for a bunch of recent flowers
however as an alternative He gave me an unpleasant cactus
with many thorns.
I requested the Lord
for some stunning butterflies
however as an alternative He gave me
many ugly and dreadful worms.
I used to be threatened,
I used to be disenchanted,
However after many days,
Out of the blue,
I noticed the cactus bloom
with many stunning flowers,
and people worms grew to become
flying within the spring wind.
God’s approach is one of the best ways.”
Written from jail
Peace to Gentle
“I don’t ask, O Lord, that life could also be
A nice street;
I don’t ask that Thou wouldst take from me
Aught of its load.
I don’t ask that flowers ought to all the time spring
Beneath my toes;
I do know too properly the poison and the sting
Of issues too candy.
For one factor solely, Lord, pricey Lord, I plead,
Lead me aright –
Although energy ought to falter, and although
coronary heart ought to bleed –
By way of Peace to Gentle.
I don’t ask my cross to know,
My strategy to see;
Higher in darkness simply to really feel Thy hand
And observe Thee.
Pleasure is like stressed day; however peace divine
Like quiet night time;
Lead me, O Lord, – until excellent day shall shine,
By way of Peace to Gentle.”
Adelaide Anne Procter
Dorothy Valcárcel, Creator
When A Lady Meets Jesus
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