Home again after travels to and fro. Too many days with too little manna. The world looms large, its prospects bleak. My own place unclear. What will be next? Where is the strength for it? My fuel tank on empty, energy reserves low I run to my Father requesting to see as He sees, to be filled up with His love and a sense of His purposes for my life, my day, this moment…
I turn to His Word and begin reading Daniel and am reassured that His is the Kingdom and the power and the glory forever, no matter what else is awry in the world.
“The God of Heaven will set up a Kingdom that shall never be destroyed—it shall break in pieces all these kingdoms and bring them to an end, and it shall stand forever…”(Dan.2:44) Oh, this is good news. World news these days is none to reassuring. Knowing where it’s headed is.
I find it remarkable too that God chose to reveal to a pagan king what was to come, the ‘rest of the story’ that we still await in our generation. He not only gave Nebuchadnezzar a vision in the night but through Daniel, God reminded the king and all future generations what he had seen and what it meant. God is in control. No Kingdom threatens His.
I am reminded of Psalm 139: “You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways.” This too is reassuring as I get re-oriented to the home routine after being hither and yon for a couple weeks. God is not thrown off kilter by red-eye flights, or days and nights far from home, or world news or even family news. He’s got it all in hand while at the same time being intimately acquainted with all my ways. Incredible.
“Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, to whom belong wisdom and might. He changes times and season; he removes kings and sets up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding; he reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what is in the darkness, and the light dwells with him. To you, O God of my fathers, I give thanks and praise, for you have given me wisdom and might…” Dan.2:20-23