August 28, 2014

Today you should read: Daniel 10

As we learned from reading through the book of Daniel – Daniel has been given power from God to prophesy.  God showed him visions of what was to come.  All of this was very scary for him as you can imagine.

My strength left me, my face grew deathly pale, and I felt very weak.  Then I heard the man speak, and when I heard the sound of his voice, I fainted and lay there with my face to the ground.  vs. 8-9

Have you ever poured your soul out to the Lord and felt overwhelmed?  I love how God responds (through His messenger) to Daniel (as He will to us).

He touched him

a hand touched me… v.10a

There’s something about a touch…  Max Lucado in his book “Just like Jesus” says this:

Our Savior completely surrendered his hands to God. The documentary of his hands has no scenes of greedy grabbing or unfounded finger pointing. It does, however, have one scene after another of people longing for his compassionate touch: parents carrying their children, the poor bringing their fears, the sinful shouldering their sorrow. And each who came was touched. And each one touched was changed.

Have you ever felt the touch of God on your soul?  It’s a life altering, “I’ll never forget it” experience.

He lifted him up

lifted me, still trembling, to my hands and knees v.10

This makes me think of Psalm 40 (my dad’s favorite passage)

I waited patiently for the lord to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry.  He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire.  He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along.  He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God.  Many will see what he has done and be amazed.

They will put their trust in the lord.  Oh, the joys of those who trust the lord… Psalm 40:1-5a

When God lifts you out of your despair – He restores you to a new outlook on life.  He changes your perspective in ways that only He can do.

He reminded Daniel how precious he is to God

Daniel, you are very precious to God, v.11

Remember when your mom told you that you were her favorite?  You knew she said that to your siblings, too – but it didn’t matter.  It made you feel special.  You are God’s favorite (you and the rest of His kids).  He values you.  He knows your name – you can substitute “Tim” or your name in verse 11 – ______________, you are very precious to God.

He answered his prayer

Then he said, “Don’t be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day you began to pray for understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your request has been heard in heaven. I have come in answer to your prayer. (v.12)

We grossly underestimate the value of prayer.  The God that created heaven and earth hears you and will answer you.  Daniel’s prayer was answered.  God will answer yours, too.

Have a blessed day today as you live in the light of His glorious presence!

Posted by: Tim Parsons

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Author: cpclexington

Lexington & Richmond KY

2 thoughts on “August 28, 2014”

  1. Wow! Love the scripture and commentary today! Thanks Tim!
    Reading the book of Daniel together as a church has been great. I’d forgotten how much I love this Old Testament Book.
    Thanks to all our staff for making it come alive!

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