Today, in Daniel 8, we continue in the prophetic and eschatological section of the book of Daniel. This is what the ESV Study Bible says about today’s chapter:
“The Vision of the Ram, the Goat, and the Little Horn. In this vision, Daniel sees what is to come of the Medo-Persian Empire, Alexander the Great’s empire, and the Hellenistic empires that succeed it. The upheavals to come will mean terrible times for the people of God, but they must endure, knowing that God rules over it all.”
This chapter is important for God’s people, because it was a warning to them. It was a warning meant to prepare them but also to give them a choice. They could either trust in God or trust in themselves during upcoming trials and suffering.
While we will probably not be facing the same type of persecution God’s people in Daniel were facing, we will face suffering and trials and we too have a choice to make: are you going to trust God or yourself in trials? Are you going to run from God or to God?
Make the choice now to see that God is your only hope in the middle of trials!
By: Graham Withers — Pastoral Ministry Associate