Today’s Reading - Daniel 8:15-27
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27 I, Daniel, was exhausted and lay ill for several days. Then I got up and went about the king’s business. I was troubled by the vision; it was beyond understanding. - Daniel 8:27
I’m with Daniel. When it comes to these visions of the end times, those days when Christ will come a second time and gather His Church, it is troubling and beyond my understanding. Because it is beyond my understanding I’m not even going to make an attempt at speculating who in our present day might fit the descriptions found in Daniel. None of us know the time or day when these events will take place so making comparisons in the present may or may not be accurate. What we can do is heed the advice of James Spann. Find your safe place to survive the storms. No one is absolutely certain if our present storms of world events, natural disasters, and troubling circumstances are part of our final days. There are days we like Daniel will be exhausted and lay ill because of what we hear and see. We can all find our safe place in the Lord and continue in the King’s business. There is much to be done in the Kingdom of God and what we as people of the kingdom don’t need to do is passively sit by and wait. We need to be actively engaged in the king’s business and sharing good news to people who need to experience the love of God in their life. If Christ is in you and you are in Christ, then regardless of whether Christ comes tonight or in a thousand years, you are in a safe place and will bless the kingdom by continuing in the king’s business.
Heavenly Father, give us strength when the events of these days exhaust us and we lay ill because of the hurt and pain we experience. Help us know our safe place is in you and we can depend on you to walk us through these troubling days because we know your power is greater than the enemy. Thank you for creating a safe place for us to abide in. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.