The best news I have heard in a long time (Daniel 7-9)

“As I looked, thrones were placed, and the Ancient of Days took his seat; his clothing was white as snow, and the hair of his head like pure wool; his throne was fiery flames; its wheels were burning fire. Daniel 7:9

Brothers and sisters, did the heading of this days blog peak your interest? I must tell you, it did mine. I must confess that I did not at first entitle the bog, the best news I have heard in a long time. I actually entitled the blog from Daniel 7-9, “What’s in your heart.”

I even went as far as to write out the blog under the heading. I focused on God’s Word to Daniel and His response. But then as I began to pray, The words of Daniel 7:9 were before my eyes. In particular the title for God stood out. Consider the glorious news of our Heavenly Father. He is the Ancient of Days.

As I considered the implications, I realized my Father has always existed and in His existence He has perfect knowledge and understanding. My Poppa has been defeating Satan since the fall. In every generation He has been victorious. In every generation it has been His wisdom and His power that has moved the universe.

As I prayed, I began to pray with greater confidence in knowing that I know the Ancient of Days. Fear of what might be left me. The pressure of trying to figure out the next steps was removed. All that I found myself doing was asking God to speak. I looked to John 10:25-30 where Jesus said, “my sheep hear my voice.”

The best news I have heard in a long time is the news that the Ancient of Days is speaking to His people.

Daniel received visions from the Ancient of Days. His prophecies given to Daniel were not predictions of what He hoped would be, but what He knew would be because He is in charge. This is why the song writer penned these words, “I have read the back of the book and we win.”

Brothers and sisters, it is true: There is sin and sorrow everywhere in the world. But the best news is this: The Ancient of Days has all-power to bring life to our world. The prayer of Daniel becomes so much clearer because of what we have discovered today:

Now therefore, O our God, listen to the prayer of your servant and to his pleas for mercy, and for your own sake, O Lord,[j] make your face to shine upon your sanctuary, which is desolate. 18 O my God, incline your ear and hear. Open your eyes and see our desolations, and the city that is called by your name. For we do not present our pleas before you because of our righteousness, but because of your great mercy. 19 O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive. O Lord, pay attention and act. Delay not, for your own sake, O my God, because your city and your people are called by your name.” Daniel 9:17-19

2 questions:

  1. How has Daniels description of God encouraged your life today?
  2. Will you take time to push away from all the noise in your heart and mind and listen to God’s voice?

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