(8) Daniel: Hope for birth-pain times

Daniel has become a book of great hope for me. Yes, it includes dire warnings and grim prophecies that both confuse and alarm us. Jesus told us the same things.

But as we read the book in its entirety, we cannot miss the hope:

We are very precious to God.
Heaven rules! Forever!
Our prayers do make a difference.
God rescues and saves His people.
Even through the hardest times, God is working His plan for His people.
And He can be trusted to keep His covenant with us.

This is how we face the birth-pain times. We do have to face them. God does not pluck His children out of the world’s turmoil and place them in a bubble where they are not troubled by the agony of the world. It will touch all of our lives in various degrees and intensities. But no matter what is ahead, these hopes are things we can depend on.

As I read Daniel, the “icing on the cake” comes with the very last verse.

Remember, Daniel was quite distressed by the visions he was given of the future. They made him physically ill. We can also become fretful and fearful as we read prophecy of the times before Christ’s return to earth. Even without reading prophecy, all we need to do is look around us at the scary, worrisome condition of the world today.

But the angel messenger’s words to Daniel speak peace to my soul too.

“As for you, go your way until the end. You will rest, and then at the end of the days, you will rise again to receive the inheritance set aside for you” (Daniel 12:13).

We know our ultimate destination, brothers and sisters. We know the One who is in control of it all. We know His plan. Our times are in His hands.

Let us continue to go forward, over the bridges of hope He’s laid out for us.

Finish the race.

Rest.

Rise.

And inherit!

 

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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)

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© 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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