Make the Right Choice
Lord, I don’t need more information today. I need more transformation today. I open myself now to Your Word.
Read DANIEL 12:1-13
Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. All rights reserved throughout the world. Used by permission of International Bible Society.
“In Christ we have a new body for that new home where we’re going” (Leighton Ford).
The latter half of Daniel is less well known to most Christians than the preceding chapters. It is clear, however, that John was familiar with Daniel when he wrote Revelation. Once more we find ourselves in the midst of the “big picture” at a time of cataclysm. God’s people will be protected, not from trouble, but in trouble, and through trouble. We are never promised an easy ride, and the choices we make through life have real consequences for this life now, and for eternity. Daniel distinguishes between those who are the Lord’s and those who are not, a difference with immense consequences. Images from Revelation are seen to be birthed here—the seal and the scroll, the time frame of “a time, times and half a time,” which I believe refers to the whole period between the first and second comings of Christ.
The lessons are clear. God is in control. Time has a direction and a destination. This life is not all that there is. We have a future and a hope that motivates us to live for God now. How we live will depend, in part, on whether we believe that God is in charge of nations, families and individuals; in charge of good days and bad days, present at birth and in death. God makes no mistakes.
At the very end God says comforting words to Daniel. Stay the course. Keep standing strong until God takes you home; then you can rest. Since God will not forget you, you will also rise and live again where an inheritance awaits you. Daniel, throughout his life as an exile, had been deprived of his inheritance. In the end, he lost nothing, for a better inheritance was waiting for him and for all who trust in God.
How would you express to another where you are going in life, what matters to you, and where you expect to end up? How much does your hope keep you going each week?
Gracious God, You alone have the power to turn my despair into hope. I thank You for the words of Jesus, “I am going…to prepare a place for you” (John 14:2).