Lessons from Daniel

Screenshot_2016-08-30-15-25-18_kindlephoto-35012334Have you ever had that happen where a theme or a story or a person or a verse will come up in more than one place? For me that has been Shadrach Meshack and Abednego. I can’t get these guys out of my head.

On Sunday at church we were studying Daniel and then on Monday listening to the happy hour with Jamie Ivy while driving to work she talked about Shadrach Meshack and Abednego with Bianca Juarez Olthoff. Random, right? I’m thinking no actually. God wants me to learn something from these guys, clearly.

I like what Bianca said when she pointed out that the three guys as they were about to be thrown in the fire said our God is able save us and even if he doesn’t we won’t serve your gods.

Even if he doesn’t. He is able but if it is not his will, we will accept that. What it would be like to have faith like that! My God is able to do anything but I need to trust that he has a plan and it may not look like what I think it should.

Less than an hour after drafting this, I started reading “Almost Amish” by Nancy Sleeth. And this is what I read: The Hebrew word for “holy” is kadosh, which means “set apart.” I was blown away. Not because I love learning Hebrew words (which I do) but because my pastor taught the very same thing on Sunday in his sermon on Daniel.

Whoa. God, I hear you. I just don’t totally know what I’m supposed to do. Trust in you because you are able and also I’m set apart?? What is different in my life that others know I’m yours? I don’t know.

I hope I have a peace about me that people can see is not of this world. I hope that I make choices that might be countercultural and lead by example. I hope that it’s clear that I know I make mistakes and I ask for forgiveness. I hope my trust in the Lord is apparent to those who know me. And if these things are not true I pray that God makes that clear to me and gives me the strength to be holy.

How about you, dear friend? What is God trying to teach you right now? What keeps coming up in your life that you need to pay attention to?

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