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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Inspired by . . . the Stone

In light of all that is happening in the world, the black darkness moving in the middle east, the instability and threat of North Korea, the moral breakdown and devaluing of human life that ultimately leads to persecution, not to mention all the natural disasters that threaten our homes and our lives, in light of all this, where do you find your security?

During the reign of Nebuchadnezzar, the Jewish people found themselves in a terrifying situation. The Babylonian king had conquered them. He destroyed much of their city, desecrated their temple, and carried off their brightest and best men into exile. They were completely without hope.

In light of all this, Daniel, one of those brightest and best, writes about his experience as an exile in Babylon. His Divinely-inspired words reveal the sovereignty of God in every aspect of life. A sovereignty that extends even over the dreams of a pagan king. 

The truth about God set forth in Daniel restored the hope of the Jewish people and it can restore our hope for the future and in the circumstances of our present day realities.

There is a lot of speculation about the interpretation of the dream in Daniel 2. But the message is clear: God sets up kingdoms and brings down kingdoms and His kingdom will never end.

In Nebuchadnezzar's dream the final, everlasting kingdom is described in this way: "...the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth."

Jesus said of Himself in Matt 21:42-44, "Have you never read in the Scriptures: "'The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; this was the Lord's doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes'? Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people producing its fruits. And the one who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; and when it falls on anyone, it will crush him." 

The angel told Mary, "And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to Him the throne of His father David, and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom, there will be no end."  (Luk 1:31-33)

Do you believe:
Human history is under the control of God and has a purpose that will be achieved. ~ Alistair Begg [click to tweet]

Viewing events through the lens of God's sovereignty can influence how well, or not, we handle trials and tribulation. Being prepared for the storms of life, whether literal or figurative, is about more than having enough gas, water, and snacks. 

Trusting God, seeking Him daily, and obeying His word will increase our faith and give us the strength we need to live joyful, righteous lives even in the midst of the storm.

Daniel didn't just endure seventy years in exile under a ruthless king, he excelled and was abundantly blessed!

In these uncertain, and often scary times let us follow Daniel's example and put our trust in the sovereignty of a gracious and loving God Who promises to never forsake us.


Sharing inspiration here:
Testimony Tuesday, #TellHisStory,
Faith On Fire, Grace & Truth,
Inspire Me Monday, RaRa Link Up, Intentional Tuesday,
#WordswithWinter, Titus 2 Tuesday, Thoughtful Thursdays,
Encourage Me Monday, Wholehearted Wednesday,
Women with Intention Wednesdays, Word Filled Wednesday,
#GiveMeGrace, Sitting Among Friends, #Glimpsesofhisbeauty
Counting My Blessings, Grace Moments, Heart Encouragement

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