Google+ 05/16/14 God's Character in Us is Far More Important than Our Worldly Conceit!

Daniel 9:11-16

 

"All Israel has disobeyed your instruction and turned away, refusing to listen to your voice.

So now the solemn curses and judgments written in the Law of Moses,

The servant of God, have been poured down on us because of our sin.

You have kept your word and done to us and our rulers exactly as you warned.

Never has there been such a disaster as happened in Jerusalem.

Every curse written against us in the Law of Moses has come true.

Yet we have refused to seek mercy from the Lord our God

By turning from our sins and recognizing his truth.

Therefore, the Lord has brought upon us the disaster he prepared.

The Lord our God was right to do all of these things, for we did not obey him.

O Lord our God, you brought lasting honor to your name

By rescuing your people from Egypt in a great display of power.

But we have sinned and are full of wickedness.

In view of all your faithful mercies, Lord,

Please turn your furious anger away from your city Jerusalem, your holy mountain.

All the neighboring nations mock Jerusalem and your people

Because of our sins and the sins of our ancestors.

 

In part three of our four-part devotion, Daniel continues to appeal and repent to God by stating fact.  He explains that all of Israel has sinned against God.  For this reason, the Law of Moses is being invoked on all the Jewish people.  No one is innocent and Daniel says so!  Daniel makes a very important point that we should embrace.  God had to do what He did to Israel and Jerusalem.  If God did not do as He promised, we could not count on His promises, both good and bad.  Daniel doesn't condemn God, but rather praises Him for His faithfulness in all things.  Then Daniel brings up a point that has always perplexed me.  Daniel talks about God's deliverance of His people from Egypt.  What an amazing rescue God performed as He freed His people form the tyranny of Pharaoh.  Yet, these are the same people who turned on God!  If we ask ourselves why this occurred, we can get directly to the essence of who we are without God.  We are evil!  Only by recognizing God, working through each of us, are we able to react in a "Godly" fashion.  Without Him, we are faced with our inherent evil nature.  Daniel attempts to repent for an entire nation and asks God to take His fury away from Jerusalem.  Daniel notes the embarrassment that Jerusalem has with the other nations.  Are there any parallels here to the United States today?  Over the past few years, have we not embarrassed ourselves in the world culture?  When the "Cold War" was alive and well, other countries hated us for our beliefs, but respected us for our character.  We need to get back to that position.  "God's Character in Us is Far More Important Than Our Worldly Conceit!"