Jody spends yet another week in Chapter 11. This episode emphasizes standing fast through suffering and hard times. Things don’t always go as we would like, so how will you handle it when trouble is ahead? Daniel 11 gives some insight.
The second part of Jody’s exploration of Daniel, Chapter 11. In some ways, it feels like a travelogue about a land you’ve never visited. Still, there are treasures to be found in this, one of the last chapters of the remarkable book of Daniel. (Notes and workbook are available at the “Notes” tab above).
Jody begins a two or three part series drawn from the eleventh chapter of Daniel. Some interesting historical notes begin to emerge.
When you struggle in prayer, it does not mean God is far from you. That is the time the Spirit intercedes for you. That’s what Paul, our brother and apostle, said. Do you know what that means? The Spirit is alive in you. He is not an inert substance, but a living presence that shares the will of the Father and the mind of Christ. And, in the sharing, none of them are lessened or diminished. Each of them, the presence, the mind of Christ, the will of God, is fully alive in you. This is what is meant by the love of God: you are not alone, never alone. That is the “always.” It never changes. Though you dwell in the depth of the sea, walk in the valley of shadows, or struggle through jungles of despair, He is there.
When you are discouraged, it doesn’t mean that Father is far from you. It means He is very near. The discouraged feeling is not God’s absence or presence, it is your focus on the things that are less important than His purposes. If you can turn toward His kingdom and righteousness, you can move forward despite feeling discouraged.
So, when prayer is a struggle, remember the Presence. When you feel the absence, let that be a reminder of His “always.”
[Romans 8; Psalm 139; Matthew 28].
The study of Daniel takes on a slightly slower, more comprehensible pace after the whirlwind of prophetic dreams and visions as the book moves toward a reflection on history instead of glimpses of future events.
Part three of Jody’s three part exploration of chapter 9.