I’ve been reading the Old Testament book of Daniel. I am reading it s.l.o.w.l.y. because it is like a treasure chest! You open it and all the good stuff keeps pouring out! And, as it is pouring out, I want to be sure that every gem pours IN, to my spirit. The book opens with Daniel being a young, smart, faithful (approximately) 15-year old Jewish boy. He and his three friends (Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah) find themselves in the king’s palace, at the very beginning of the exile of the Jews into Babylon.
Most of us know the Bible story from Sonday School about Daniel’s friends, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednigo (new names given the friends mentioned above) in the fiery furnace in Daniel chapter 3. It is a (true) story of hope and redemption. The book of Daniel continues to draw one in.
The entire book of Daniel is packed tight with nuggets of gold! In just twelve chapters, Daniel ages 70 years and writes what was revealed to him about the End Times. It is a book of adventure, angelic encounters, kings that grow claws and graze on grass, mysterious writing on walls, and, it will raise the hair on your skin and make you faint of heart.
Daniel is confident in his God and bold in his faith. In chapter 9, at 82-years of age, he prays one of the most humble, powerful, and moving prayers of the entire Bible. It’s something how boldness comes with aging! He takes upon himself all of Israel’s sin and goes before the LORD God, in sorrow and repentance pleading for forgiveness and mercy. As I read this prayer, my spirit leapt within me and I began to cry out for my family. This family of mine that has been blessed by generational blessings and faithful prayers by Grandparents and great Grandparents. I had to adopt Daniel’s heartfelt words and pray them back to The One who cares the most. The One who loves greater than I am able…
If Daniel can be so bold, then so can I!
I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in Truth. 3 John 4