Thursday, September 9, 2021

Daniel 9:2 Devotion by Stephen Taylor

Daniel 9:2

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.

 

There is power. There is freedom. There is hope found in reading the Word of God! Daniel was in exile in a foreign nation, filled with pagan gods and surrounded by people who wanted him gone. Yet, he did not crumble or turn from the Living God, and I believe part of the reason is that he kept reading His Word.

 

By the time Darius came to power, the Jews had been in exile a while. But it says that Daniel came to learn this information in the first year of Darius; thus, we can conclude that he continued to read his Word throughout his time in exile. He didn’t waiver or let his surroundings dictate how he was going to serve and obey his God, and neither should we!

 

One of the reasons this verse is important is because Daniel had been there a while, been through a lot, but God gave him hope for the future in a promise from His Word! And He will do the same for us if we diligently and faithfully read His Word and obey His commands. God didn’t make it difficult for us. We are blessed to have His complete body of work, the Bible. But if we don’t read it, then we’re missing out. Daniel received hope and encouragement in a desperate situation from the Word of God, and we can too! The Bible will speak to us, but the question is, are we willing to stop and listen?

 

Joshua 1:7-9 - “Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”

 

God bless! I love you all! Glory, Honor, and Praise now and forever to Papa God, Jesus Christ our King, and the Holy Spirit!

 

 

 

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