April 2 – Devotion

Date: April 2, 2017

Scripture: Daniel 10:1—12:4
And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky above; and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever. (Dan.12:2-3)

The book of Daniel records many of the prophet’s activities and visions. Though it pictures his struggles and those of his people in historical and spiritual terms that seem so different from our own, its message is a great source of encouragement for believers now, even as it was a message of hope for the Israelites in their own situation. In broad terms, chapter 10 describes Daniel’s interactions with the one sent to deliver the vision. Though the experience was overwhelming, Daniel was treated lovingly and given strength to receive the vision. Chapter 11 pictures the coming history of the pagan rulers of various kingdoms who would come against the people of God and against one another. The times described are tumultuous, full of violence, and distressing, to say the least. Yet chapter 12:1-4 predicts the final glorious outcome for those who have loyally clung to God during the cataclysms and temptations of history.

Throughout his lifetime of service, Daniel cared for his people and made petitions to God, with a strong desire to understand God’s dealing with his people. He prayed for his own sins and the sins of the people and their sorrows. In this situation, after three weeks of fasting and prayer, a godly messenger is sent to him. The angel reveals the opposition of the enemies of God’s glory to the accomplishment of His purposes of favour and encouragement to His people. Daniel received the honor of hearing from God, and he was praised for the virtues that had brought him favor with God. Daniel had placed himself in a condition to communicate with God with his characteristic perseverance, faith, and humility.

In Chapter 11, the angel shows Daniel the coming succession of the pagan empires that would overthrow and persecute God’s people. The power behind all the evil doings is God’s enemy. However, God’s word will come true and nothing will fail. While the unholy of the earth struggle, compete, and deceive each other, those who know him personally will trust Him and stand firm to bear their struggles. He will empower his believers to stand their ground, bear their crosses, and endure the conflicts.

As believers we do well to heed the warning of these Scriptures that our faith will be put to test. The struggles and tests can be severe. Yet we can escape from the destruction of the unfaithful, the idolater, the superstitious and cruel persecutor, and we can make the forewarnings of God our standard of truth and of duty, the foundation of our hope, and the light of our paths through this dark world. We will be called his children and inherit eternal glory in heaven. In our own strength, none of this is possible. But in Christ’s strength, we can and will face what we must, because our redemption in Christ is secure.

Jesus Christ bore the curse and sacrificed his life for us, his children. He advocates for all of us at the throne of grace. The Lord Jesus will stand at the judgment day upon the earth, and he will redeem his people. The Lord promises eternal glory for all the saints. He promises eternal glory for those who turn many to righteousness. Life on this earth is a spiritual combat, and our hope is in the savior who equips us to succeed.

Prayer: Lord, help me to understand your word and to envision and accomplish your purpose in my life.

Prepared by: Samuel Dasary

3 Responses to “April 2 – Devotion”

  1. Russell Kyzar says:

    Thank you, Samuel, for the reminder of the need to wait on God’s revelation. Three weeks of fasting and praying was not too much for Daniel. That, in itself would be a test!

  2. Ted Snazelle says:

    Daniel’s faithfulness is an example for all of us to follow that we might know that God has a place for all of who call upon his name and look forward to spending eternity with him!

  3. Debbie Keen says:

    Excellent, encouraging devotion today! Thank you, Samuel!

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