(7) Daniel: Hope for birth-pain times

“You always fulfill your covenant and keep your promises of unfailing love to those who love you and obey your command” (Daniel 8:9).

This lines are from Daniel’s prayer. This is the foundation of all our hope—that God keeps His promises and holds fast to His covenant with us. If this were not true, then every hope we have would be futile. We would have nothing to move forward on… Then, truly, the future would be depressing at best, terrifying at worst.

Remember that hope in Scripture is not simply wishing that something might happen or be true. Hope is the certainty that what is promised will come to pass.

Daniel’s prayer is for his nation. It’s a confession of Israel’s failure to keep their part of the covenant with God and a plea for mercy and forgiveness.

And for us, this is also a part of God’s covenant and promises. When we fail, confession and repentance will be met with God’s mercy and forgiveness.

His unfailing love has made us so many promises — and He is a God who keeps His promises.

Our hope lives on that.



Psalm Prayer:

I am trusting you, O LORD,
saying, “You are my God!”
My future is in your hands.
Rescue me from those who hunt me down relentlessly.
Let your favor shine on your servant.
In your unfailing love, rescue me.
(Psalm 31:14-16)


© Elaine Starner 2015 Photo credits: Thanks to Claire Pridgeon, Paul Stutzman, Lana Turner, and Mary Jane Smith for sharing photography I’ve used on this site. (Click on each name to see more.)

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