April 1 – Devotion

Date: April 1

Scripture: Daniel 7—9

While I was speaking and praying, confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my plea before the LORD my God for the holy hill of my God, while I was speaking in prayer, the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the first, came to me in swift flight at the time of the evening sacrifice. He made me understand, speaking with me and saying, “O Daniel, I have now come out to give you insight and understanding. At the beginning of your pleas for mercy a word went out, and I have come to tell it to you, for you are greatly loved.” Daniel 9:21-23, ESV

As a child, my sleep was constantly interrupted by dreams and visions that often unsettled me and caused me great consternation. In these dreams, there were often images of wild beasts and frightening creatures that seemed to come to wage war with my spirit and which I saw as a threat to our family and our people.

Such dreams and interruptions ceased as I began my teenage years and I accepted the call of God to salvation and service. Often, I pondered the meaning and purpose of these hallucinatory interruptions and what they were attempting to reveal to me. Perhaps, I should have understood there was a deeper meaning.

Daniel likewise had such dreams and visions, and they are vividly presented in chapters 7 and 8. Each is presented as a warning with subsequent interpretation. Despite the people’s faithlessness that resulted in the destruction and calamities that would befall the nation, the prayer of Daniel and God’s answer would provide God’s mercy, forgiveness, and restoration of His chosen people who were called by His name.

As we pilgrimage through the season of Lent, we are reminded that the grace, mercy, and forgiveness of God is victoriously found on the Day of Resurrection. The Lenten season ends with God’s ultimate sacrifice and unique redemption that restores us, heals us, and eternally seals us into His family. As we surrender ourselves again to the Lordship of Christ, my hope is that at the beginning of our pleas for mercy a word has come forth, “and I have come to tell it to you, for you are greatly loved” (Daniel 9:23, ESV).

Prayer for the Journey: Lord, free me from the sins of my life and the failures of my choices as I seek your way and will. Help me as I choose life and obedience to you in the name of the resurrected Lord, the Lord of Easter.

Prepared by: Paul Griffin Jones, II


3 Responses to “April 1 – Devotion”

  1. Bob Mohr says:

    Wow! Just what I needed this morn!! I am sitting under the three crosses on MC campus by Provine Hall, asking for forgiveness and thankful for all blessings given to me. I then read this devotion and am uplifted to know I Am Loved. Gosh, what a great day!! Thanks Paul!

  2. Daphne McLaurin says:

    I appreciate your thoughtful comments.

  3. Debbie Keen says:

    Uplifting devotion, Paul! Thank you!

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