One voice in a chorus….
When I felt the Lord’s hand on me to write something other than reviews, to be honest it scared me. Why? Well, for one reason, it is definitely outside my comfort zone. Two, in the realm of social media where literally thousands of people share their thoughts, pictures or any number of vast possibilities I wondered who would take time to read my thoughts.
Have you ever been to Niagara Falls? I personally have never visited, however, over the years some have shared their experience with me. I can only imagine the sound of the water cascading down to the bottom, which has been clocked one time as going as fast as 68 miles per hour! Then, I think of all the molecules that are present at any one moment and it amazes me. Yet God can hear but one small voice in the chorus of millions who cry out to Him at anytime from anywhere.
A couple of weeks ago I shared about Esther in “For Such a Time as This”. Esther was a queen, who was an unknown Jew within her sphere of life because she obeyed her cousin not to reveal her heritage. Now, due to an enemy seeking to destroy the Jews who lived in Persia, she comes to a cross road in her life to either reveal herself or hide in the palace. Mordecai, her cousin, challenges her to think outside herself, and that if she wasn’t going to help save her people, she wasn’t to think she would save her life by remaining silent. Esther retreats with a couple of handmaids, asks Mordecai to have her people pray for her and after three days she will go before the king. Going before the king without being invited meant death unless the king held out the golden scepter and after touching it, she would then be allowed to speak. Esther didn’t know when she entered before the king whether she was facing her death or whether he would spare her life. We look back and see her life was spared, and God used her to wisely save the other Jewish people from certain death.
Daniel was exiled at a young age, some commentators say as young as 16 years old. He was Jewish and of noble birth. When he was taken to Babylon, the king issued the following command: 3 Then the king ordered Ashpenaz, chief of his court officials, to bring into the king’s service some of the Israelites from the royal family and the nobility—4 young men without any physical defect, handsome, showing aptitude for every kind of learning, well informed, quick to understand, and qualified to serve in the king’s palace. He was to teach them the language and literature of the Babylonians.[b] 5 The king assigned them a daily amount of food and wine from the king’s table. They were to be trained for three years, and after that they were to enter the king’s service. (Daniel 1:3-5 NIV)
Now Daniel didn’t just decide not to cooperate, listen, try hard or any other type of action. Read what his response was in Daniel chapter 1:6-21. So, what can we consider after we read Daniel 1?
a) Do we have the godly characteristics that Daniel displayed?
b) How would God have us live life like Daniel in our culture which in some ways is like ancient Babylon?
c) Are we as willing to pray and listen to what God says and then obey?
d) Do you wholeheartedly believe that like Esther or Daniel that your voice in prayer (one in a chorus) is heard?