“The tree grew, and was strong, and the height thereof reached unto heaven, and the sight thereof to the end of all the earth:” Daniel 4 v11
Shall we ever loose sight of who God is? I would hope not. This great king had grown to great measures of wealth, prosperity, and strength before the people and a dream came that troubled him with visions in his head. He sought through many avenues-“the magicians, the astrologers, the Chaldeans, and the soothsayers: … but the did not make known unto me the interpretation…”- the answer to these troubling visions and thoughts. Daniel (i.e. Belteshazzar) also was troubled by his interpretation because it brought news of great change.
The great tree, the nation/kingdom (i.e. the tree) would be cut down to a stump, destroyed to a remnant of people. In this greatness the King was driven out from men and lived with the beast of the field until … “thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will.” At “the end of the days/time … Nebuchadnezzar lifted up …” his eyes “and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the most High, and I praised and honoured him that live for ever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, …”
Lord, I thank you that you do not hide the truths from me. Let me be found worthy of you by your spirit living in me, not of myself and my way. Lord, I thank you that you are in control and forgive me for my not understanding. Amen
“Then he which had received one talent came and said Lord, I knew thee that thou art a hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed:” Mathew 25 v24
Lord, help me in my understanding. Amen
“Keep therefore and do them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the nations, which shall hear all these statutes, and say, Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.” Deuteronomy 4 v6
To know God’s way-[his appointment of time, space, quantity, labor and usage] in the measure of his ordinance’s is the beginning of having others recognize how great God is to the nation who does these things.
Generation to generation, teach the ways of the Lord. Even examine ourselves and do not forget what we have seen to keep a pure heart all the days of our lives.
Dear Lord, thank you for this day and bless those of our own families and all others that we may continue to learn of you and trust you in our daily living. Amen
“Wherefore thus saith the Lord God: Behold, I am against your pillows (i.e. magic charms), wherewith ye there hunt the souls to make them fly (i.e. like birds), and I will tear them from your arms, and will let the souls go, even the souls that ye hunt to make them fly.” Ezekiel 13 v20
“Put no other God’s before me…” the word has said. We will trust in the name of the Lord. Superstitions are just that, superstitions. Our God is absolute to define the universe and universes. The balance of life is given us by measure of faith for us to learn more of him.
May you be blessed today as we trust in him. Amen
“Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” Mathew 28 v20
The great commission-Jesus. As Jesus lived with his disciples he walked with them and taught them about life. As he lives with us, he walks with us and teaches us about life. As he speaks to us through his word, our circumstances reveal to us opportunity’s to live out this great commission. To observe what he has commanded us in all his ways and to teach them to others.
One of the greatest opportunity’s to learn is to teach.
Dear heavenly father, be with us this day as we learn more of you and teach others. Bless those who have great needs around the world today. Amen
“I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.” Psalm 18 v3
The King of all Kings, the Lord God-in our short comings and failures he is long-suffering, he is worthy to be praised. None can make the heavens shake with thunder, the rain fall where it will-on the just and even the unjust. He is Lord and worthy to be praised. None can stand against those who are his because he is on their side.
Lord, may I find myself worthy to be yours, not of my own way but of my faith and trust in you. Only you know the struggles of each one of us, Lord. Let us be forgiven in your sight and strengthened in your way. Lord protect us from the oppressor’s. Help us Lord in keeping your ways and let us not depart from them. Lord, let me not stand on false righteousness but let my heart be filled with your desire and my actions filled with your ways, because I know your spirit can guide me. Amen
“And the chief of the Levites: Hashabiah, Sherebiah, and Jeshua the son of Kadmiel, with their brethren over against them (i.e. across from them) to praise and give thanks, according to the commandment of David the man of God, ward over against ward (i.e. group alternating with group). Nehemiah 12 v24
To honor the commandments of God, to be strong keeping the words of God.
Dear Lord, as we know you are in heaven, provide for us this day our needs, forgive us as we forgive those who have wronged us, guide our steps to what is right, protect us from those who wish to do wrong. We know that all is yours and you are in control and we give thanks. Amen.