Recently I found myself crying out to the Lord with a list of questions. What is happening? What is going on? What am I to be doing?
As you know from the last two blogs, Daniel, Shadrack, Meshach, Abednego, along with many others, found themselves exiled some 900 miles away from home, family, and their spiritual heritage. They were thrown into a three-year Babylonian indoctrination program. The purpose of the indoctrination was to teach them how to think, act, and live like Babylonians. Daniel, Shadrack, Meshach, and Abednego were, however, unwavering and undaunted by the evil around them.
After reading and re-reading the book of Daniel and thinking about Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, and their lives, I am awestruck by the relevance this book in God’s Word has for us today.
Daniel’s life and the God he served were in direct conflict with the government and rulers he found his life subject to.
Recently I heard several college-age young people being interviewed. They were asked to share what they knew about 9/11 (2001). Their comments were shocking to me! In summarizing those comments, it boiled down to this, “No, I do not know much about 9/11, but why remember the past? We need to move on!”
While focusing on Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection this week, I found myself being drawn to the life of Mary of Bethany. You know her as Lazarus and Martha’s sister. All three of them loved Jesus and desired to be with Him and serve Him. So much had transpired in those few weeks before the crucifixion: Lazarus had been raised from the dead, the plot to kill Jesus had thickened, and the Pharisees and High Priests were in hot pursuit of seizing the claimed “King of the Jews.”
Matt. 26:36-46 and Luke 22:41-44
As I am sitting in my quiet place watching it lightly snow, I find the Lord speaking to me about the word “separation.” It is hard being separated from my family, friends, church family, the sweet lady at Wal-Mart that I enjoy talking to or just the face-to-face contact with people I so miss! On Saturday, preparing for Easter service, a precious gal whom I usually hug looked at me from a distance and said “air hug.”
As I was praying about what the Lord would have me share today, the word “faith” kept appearing on my radar. That word is at the very core of Who God is.
Kathy Niswender is the wife of our pastor.