“The Rise of Evil & Our Comfort” December 4

 

The Rise of EvilThe rise of evil today is unprecedented. All we need to do in turn on the news: mass shootings, terrorist attacks, violent protests, murder, sex trafficking, child pornography and more. Could there be any connection to all that and the rejection of God’s law in our individual lives and as a nation?

Daniel saw the rise and fall of several pagan kings along with evil attempts to destroy the people of God and their faith in Him. God, also, gave him a vision of the calamities that would come on future generations. But God didn’t leave him without hope. That hope is the same one we need to hold onto as we see the rise of evil all around us.

 

Today’s Readings:
Daniel 11 & 12
Psalm 138.1-3
Proverbs 29.16
1 John 2.1-29

 

The Rise of Evil & Our Comfort

 

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The Rise of Evil

 

We are seeing an unprecedented rise in evil today. All we need to do in turn on the news: mass shootings, terrorist attacks, violent protests, murder, sex trafficking, child pornography and more. Could there be any connection to that and the rejection of God’s law in our individual lives and as a nation?

“When the wicked are multiplied, transgression increases; but the righteous will see their fall.”

The more people there are who are willing to forsake God and live the way they please, the bolder the ungodly get. Like misery, this passage tells us, evil loves company.

The rise of evil is happening before our very eyes. Yet, while they decry the violence, many maintain their right to live anyway they please.

How are believers to respond? Like Daniel, as we’ll see in our Old Testament reading, we should continue to live our lives in ways that are pleasing to God with an eye toward eternity. And while the wicked, are emboldened by sin, we must allow the Holy Spirit to embolden us to share the gospel and speak the truth in love to a lost world.

 

The Righteous Will See Their Fall

 

And remember the latter part of that verse says … “the righteous will see their fall.”

As we will see, God comforted Daniel by revealing to him, not only the trials which would come on his people, but also the end of the story—that God and His people would prevail. So, we too, need to take comfort in the fact that we know the end of the story and “not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart” (Gal. 6.9).

 

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Go Your Way & Take Comfort in Eternity

 

In Daniel 11 the angel Gabriel begins to lay out an incredible prophetic view of future historical events. These prophecies are so detailed that people have tried to use their accuracy to discredit them, saying they had to be written after the fact.  Continue reading

December 4 “Go your way & eternity”

eternityThe book of Daniel ends with verse 13, “But you, go your way till the end; for you shall rest, and will arise to your inheritance at the end of the days.” While Scripture warns of judgment, God’s Word is also full of the promise of eternity for those who truly belong to Him.

 

 

Today’s Readings:
Daniel 11 & 12
Psalm 138.1-3
Proverbs 29.16
1 John 2.1-29

 

Daniel 11 & 12:

Go your way & take comfort in eternity

In Daniel 11 the angel Gabriel lays out an incredible prophetic view of future historical events. These prophecies are so detailed that people have tried to use their accuracy to discredit them, saying they had to be written after the fact.

It lays out the succession of kings to come in the Medo-Persian Empire and how each would be used by God in the process of the Jews return to their homeland. We can see the hand of God in using even heathen kings and other unbelievers to accomplish His will and care for His people. We also see in these chapters the ministry of angels on behalf of His people. Knowing and understanding that God is sovereignly in control of all the events of history—not just world or national history—also our personal histories should give us great encouragement to trust Him no matter what the circumstances of our lives.

The first three kings of Persia were Cyrus, Artaxerxes and Ahasuerus, who married st 2 “Where is God?”" href="http://donnareidland.com/august-2-where-is-god/" target="_blank">Esther. The fourth was Xerxes who because of his great wealth and the army that his wealth supported pridefully took on Greece only to be shamefully defeated.

“Then a mighty king shall arise, who shall rule with great dominion, and do according to his will. And when he has arisen, his kingdom shall be broken up and divided toward the four winds of heaven, but not among his posterity nor according to his dominion with which he ruled; for his kingdom shall be uprooted, even for others besides these” (vv. 3-4).

This is Alexander the Great whose kingdom was divided among four of his captains when He died at the age of 32. He had created one of the largest empires in ancient history, but died once he had accomplished what God had used him to do. Two of his generals became more powerful that the other two, called “the king of the South” and “the king of the North” in Daniel’s prophecy. These became the kingdoms of Egypt and Syria who were constantly at war, with power, victory and defeat going back and forth between the two.

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November 29 “Are you struggling to trust God?”

worry anxiety questioning trusting GodIs there some area of life where you are struggling to trust God? Do you find yourself impatient because God has failed to answer your prayer or change your circumstances? What should your heart attitude be in this season?

 

Today’s Readings:
Daniel 1 & 2
Psalm 135.15-21
Proverbs 29.10
1 Peter 5.1-14

We’ve finished another O.T. book (Ezekiel) and will finish 1 Peter today. We’re closing in on the end of the year! What has God shown you as you’re read through the Word? I’d love to get your input.

 

Daniel 1 & 2:

God uses all things for good

Daniel was a contemporary of Ezekiel, so this book backs up to the beginning of the Babylonian conquest when Daniel was kidnapped and taken to Babylon along with other intelligent, handsome young men. They were to be brain-washed through education and exposure to rich-living so they would be useful to the leadership in Babylon, possibly to help with the other Jews who would later be brought to Babylon in larger numbers.

Because of his character, he would instead be used by God in a great way to influence two pagan kingdoms. What a great example of God using “all things,” even an unsaved king and unfair, undeserved circumstances, for good (Rom. 8.28).

In chapter 2 God revealed to him Nebuchadnezzar’s dream and gave him the interpretation. Just as He did with Joseph, God was setting the stage to use Daniel’s personal circumstances to alter the course of history. And in it all, Daniel gave glory to God (vv. 28-30).

But what about your life and your st 29 “God’s promise in trials”" href="http://donnareidland.com/august-29-gods-promise-in-trials/" target="_blank">difficulties? Has someone sinned against you in grievous ways? If you are a believer, God’s promises are true for you, too! He has not allowed anything in your life that He cannot use for your good and His glory. Others may have meant it for evil, but God means it for good (Gen. 50.20).

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