Google+ 05/14/14 God is Always Faithful!

Daniel 9:1-4

 

It was the first year of the reign of Darius the Mede,

The son of Ahasuerus, who became king of the Babylonians. 

During the first year of his reign, I, Daniel, learned from reading the word of the Lord 

As revealed to Jeremiah the prophet, that Jerusalem must lie desolate for seventy years.

So I turned to the Lord God and pleaded with him in prayer and fasting.

I also wore rough burlap and sprinkled myself with ashes.

I prayed to the Lord my God and confessed:

“O Lord, you are a great and awesome God!

You always fulfill your covenant and keep your promises

Of unfailing love to those who love you and obey your commands."

 

One of the greatest accounts of a major revelation is not found in the New Testament.  It is found here in the book of Daniel.  This will be part one of a four-part devotion series explaining this very important revelation by Daniel.  Notice that the first thing we discover is that Daniel is reading God's Word as revealed to Jeremiah the prophet.  What was Daniel doing reading God's Word?  Isn't Daniel a prophet?  Yes, and like Jesus, Daniel knew the law and the prophets in the Old Testament.  This is how Daniel discovered that Jerusalem was in for a tough run!  Daniel did not argue with God or misinterpret Scripture for his own satisfaction.  He embraced the horrible truth about what God's people had done.  Daniel did what all of us should do when faced with the truth.  Daniel prayed to God.  As a symbol of his faithfulness and servant-hood, Daniel dressed in burlap.  He wanted God to know that he was humbled in His presence, even as he pleaded for mercy.  Then Daniel did something unbelievable, which we rarely do anymore in prayer.  Even in massive times of trouble, Daniel begins by acknowledging the power of God the Almighty.  He lets God know that the promises God has always made to His people have been kept.  The protection that God had promised was always delivered.  Let's learn from Daniel.  When we sin and fall short of the glory of God, let's get on our knees and dress in burlap.  Especially in times of turmoil, "God is Always Faithful!"