Father, You gave Daniel quite a revelation about the end times and what would be happening then. Some of it came with an interpretation, and some remains a mystery. Many theologians have studied and sought to know all the answers. Even Daniel, to whom the vision was given said “I heard, but I did not understand.” Your response to him was “go your way Daniel, because the words are rolled up and sealed until the time of the end.”
With that mystery still intact, You gave Daniel the confidence he needed to live to the end of his life encouraged. “As for you, go your way till the end. You will rest, and then at the end of the days you will rise up to receive your allotted inheritance.”
Father, although the dates and world powers are still a mystery, You have also given me the confidence to live my life encouraged. Through John, You have shown me how to recognize false prophets, to discern Your Spirit, and how great Your love is for me. Holding on to those things will help me live a godly life.
There are so many influences in the world today, it can be hard to know which are truly good, from You, and which are truly evil. Evil can put on such a good face so as to appear justified, acceptable, even beneficial. It masquerades as good. Evil influence can even come from well-intentioned people, so it is godly wisdom that You tell me to “test the spirits”. Then You tell me very clearly, “This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God.” It gives me a bottom line for determining the source, and I am reassured that even if I come up against evil, worldly influences, “greater is He that is in me, than he who is in the world”. I win!
I can also watch to see if Your love is in those around me. Because since You ARE love, every one who belongs to You will have that love in them. Your love is total, complete, sacrificial, perfect, and saves me. This is not ‘I love ice cream’ kind of love, or brotherly love, or even romantic love. It is the Greek word ‘agape’ love – a total, selfless, unconditional love. It is this love that came first – You loved each one of us before we loved You or even knew of You. It is a love that can overcome sin – Your love put You on the cross to atone for my sin and the sin of the world. It is a perfect love that has no fear, but drives out fear.
It is Your love, Father, that I seek in my life every day! I need it to drive out the fear that gains a foothold in me through circumstances I don’t understand, through stressful things happening to my loved ones, through the evil I see prospering in the world.
Father, there are days I feel so overwhelmed and unlovable that I deny Your love because I don’t ‘feel’ it. Forgive me when I doubt Your amazing, perfect love. Do not let me be led by my feelings – they have nothing to do with the truth of and the absolute certainty of Your love. Help me sense Your love, and be lifted up by it, so I can share it with my brothers and sisters. Let me walk in Your love till the end of days, or the end of my days, whichever comes first. Thank You for Your amazing love. Amen
Daniel 11:36-12:13; I John 4:1-21