Sunday, August 2, 2015

"but there is a God in heaven...." (Daniel 2:28)

“but there is a God in heaven….” (Daniel 2:28)

 Last week we looked briefly at how Esther was used by God to stop the wholesale slaughter of the Jews by the nefarious Haman and his evil acts. Esther was a brave woman who submitted herself to her uncle’s counsel to pray that God would work to preserve His people when she would go unsummoned before the king. In ancient Persia, when anyone unsummoned approached the king, unless he put forth the scepter in his hand that person met a swift death. Mordecai, her uncle, exhorted her with these words when she initially refused to go before the king: 12 When Esther’s words were reported to Mordecai, 13 he sent back this answer: “Do not think that because you are in the king’s house you alone of all the Jews will escape. 14 For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?” Her response was action: Then Esther sent this reply to Mordecai: 16 “Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my attendants will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish.” 17 So Mordecai went away and carried out all of Esther’s instructions. Esther is a wonderful example of receiving direction from her uncle and responding with prayer first then the action as God laid it on her heart. At the top of this page is a part of a verse that is made by a man named Daniel when he lived in Babylon, having been removed from his home in Jerusalem and taken captive to Babylon. There, Daniel would be trained intensively for three years in all matters of study to prepare him for serving the King of Babylon. More than once Daniel could have denied being a Jew, stopped praying to God or chosen to fully embrace the Babylonian culture and practices. Yet, at a young age, he acted in ways that were contrary to the demands of the captives, but instead responded with respect and prayer. Next week I would like to share more on this man Daniel and how he is an example of continuing to live for God and give God the glory instead of self promotion. Please consider: 1. Reading Daniel chapters 1 through 6 2. Look for characteristics that Daniel’s life reflected. List them and pray, asking God to instill within you that which would also reflect God’s glory to others. 3. Ask God what He has for you as you live daily in a society that seeks to destroy any Christian witness or reminder of the One and Only true God. 4. Are there people, or even one person, you can meet with to pray for whatever The Holy Spirit leads you to pray? Until next time, God Bless you, Israel and God Bless these United States of America!

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