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We are to live every moment of our lives trusting that God’s ultimate justice will prevail. The 7th chapter of Daniel begins with the chaos of a great ocean blown by hurricane winds and swirling with foreboding sea monsters.  The scene is terrifying!  The sea monsters have no regard for God.  They trample, break, devour and the wear out God’s people.  The vision is interrupted by a scene of the heavenly court where the God of justice, righteousness, healing forgiveness and mercy sits on the throne ready to judge the peoples and the “monsters.”  The monsters are doomed!  And God’s holy ones are given an eternal kingdom where they may live for ever and ever.

Daniel wants to know more about the sea monsters, but the attendant keeps pulling his attention back to God’s desire for God’s people.  We have been invited to be a part of God’s eternal kingdom.  God’s has chosen us to be his people.  Will we accept the invitation and live a life serving God?  Jesus says serving God means acts of kindness to others, feeding the poor, welcoming the stranger, caring for the sick, spending time with those who are imprisoned.  May we turn our eyes away from the “monsters” and gaze upon the majesty and beauty of God so that we may be enable to serve without fear or loss of heart!

 

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Daniel 5.  The new king in Babylon was too busy focusing on himself and his future to care about what had happened to leaders who came before him.  He choose not to remember  what happened to former king Nebuchadnezzar when he oppressed the people and set justice aside.  He also showed no respect for the Most High God who gave King Neb a 2nd chance.  Instead the new king entrusted himself and his kingdom to empty gods of silver, gold, bronze, iron, wood and stone.  He led the people to praise these gods while drinking from the vessels that had been taken from our God’s temple in Jerusalem.

Temptations to praise the empty gods of silver, gold, bronze, iron, wood and stone seem silly to us today.  But we do find ourselves from time to time entrusting ourselves to other empty “gods,” like $, social positions, jobs, grades, efficiency, control, good health, peace, happiness… When these fall apart, we realize what we had been building our lives upon.

Let us trust in God first and foremost and build our lives upon the One who created us, redeemed us and sustains us.  Proverbs 3:5-6 teaches us to trust in the Lord with all our hearts and not to rely upon ourselves. Acknowledge the Lord in everything you do and the Lord will guide your steps.  Trust in the Lord!  Trust in the Lord….

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Daniel 2 retells the story of the great Babylonian Emperor Nebuchadnezzar who was terrified by a dream. A man who had conquered nations, built a huge empire, and now is rattle to the bone by a dream!  Desperately wanting to know the meaning of the dream, yet not trusting the honesty of his advisers, he decrees that all the wise ones in Babylon be executed unless they tell him what he dreamed and what it means!

When the executioner Arioch (whose name means “lion”) comes to gather up Daniel and his friends, Daniel requests the king give him a little time and Daniel will tell the king his dream and it’s interpretation.

Daniel has no idea what the dream might be, much less it’s meaning, but Daniel knows that God knows everything.  Daniel goes home and tells his friends the challenge ahead of them, then they pray.  In a vision in the night, the dream and it’s meaning is revealed to Daniel.  Daniel 2:20-23 records Daniel’s prayer of thanksgiving.

Life sometimes seems like a mystery to be solved.  But we can face the challenge like Daniel trusting that God knows and God cares about us.  God hears our prayers for understanding and wisdom.  As Daniel said, “There is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries.”  How blessed we are that this God loves and cares for us!

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