Month: October 2010
Scripture: Daniel 10:12
He said to me, see “Do not fear, clinic Daniel, stuff for from the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words have been heard, and I have come because of your words…”
Thought for the Day: “Do not fear,” is a statement that assumes fear, but it also assumes the one who is afraid is doing or about to do the work of God. This phrase appears many times in scripture, but when the divine or the representatives of the divine declare it, there should be renewed conviction even among those who have found their knees knocking. Evil would rather keep us anxious and jumpy, and it uses fear as a tool to silence the faithful voices. The divine declaration, “Do not fear!” may not rid us of all the butterflies, but it helps them fly in formation.
Prayer: O Living Presence, help me tame the fears that would otherwise silence your good words. Amen.
October 22, find 2010
Scripture: Daniel 8:3-4
I looked up and saw a ram standing beside the river. It had two horns. Both horns were long, sale but one was longer than the other, and the longer one came up second. I saw the ram charging westward and northward and southward. All beasts were powerless to withstand it, and no one could rescue from its power; it did as it pleased and became strong.
Thought for the Day: A whole new vision is set before Daniel, and it begins with a ram who charges every direction and does what it pleases. That is an important idea, for the ram (representing the Persians) will eventually be brought down by another power that would grow exceedingly great. Quite often we see how those who do what they please and grow great by their own doing are knocked off their pedestals of power. D.S. Russell suggest that this is a reference to arrogance which is a display of pride and “a denial of the sovereignty and the rule of God.” I think Daniel is saying that you can get away with it for while, but in the end, a haughty attitude will be a person’s (or nation’s) demise.
Prayer: Humble my heart, Lord, so that my ego can make room for you. Amen.