Scripture Reading: Daniel 11:32
Some of us after becoming Christians are interested in searching for miracles, healing, breakthrough, protection, fortune telling, financial empowerment, etc. Let us desire to know our God so that we would be able to do mighty exploits. Let us continue in our life journey with this same desire, to know God more and to experience more of God each and every day. We learn more about God as He walks with us through the events of our lives. God is revealed in the devastation and challenges of life. God is raising up people who will know Him intimately, who will be transformed to His image by beholding Him, and who will demonstrate mighty acts to manifest His power for the glory of His Name. As you read this reflection get ravenously hungry to know Him more and see His mighty acts come forth through your life on a day to day basis!
In the prophetic context, the Angel speaks to Daniel about a time of great spiritual conflict. The people of God have been captured. Ungodly leaders have stolen the sacred place and polluted the sanctuary. Pagan worship and pagan agenda rule the day. The covenant of God is being perverted. Seduction is common. Flatteries and hypocrisies are garments hanging on the body of believers In the midst of all this chaotic situation, the messenger assures Daniel of this promise: “They that know God shall be strong and do exploits.” In other words, regardless of the circumstances, those who really know God, spend time with Him in worship, thanksgiving, praise…those who meditate in His Word and listen to His voice. Those who stay strong through their relationship with God shall go forward. In hard times, Paul wrote to the Ephesians: “Be strong in the Lord and the Power of His Might!” Being strong, therefore, is not an option.
Antiochus Epiphanes, the Syrian king who reigned from 175 to 164 B.C. prohibited the observance of the Sabbath and the circumcision of children, ordered all copies of Scripture destroyed, set up idolatrous altars, commanded the Jews to offer unclean sacrifices, and insisted that they eat swine’s flesh. Anyone who disobeyed his edicts was sentenced to death. It was an ancient holocaust. As Daniel anticipated this atrocity he asked himself how these people would ever be able to survive. The answer was not long in coming: “the people who know their God will display strength and take action”. A group of courageous men called the Maccabees led a heroic revolt against Antiochus. Their exploits, against the odds, were great. They knew their God, laid hold of His sovereign power and might, took action, and broke the grip of Antiochus on Israel. Their story is a saga of strength, the mighty power of people who knew their God. People today who truly know God have the same degree of courage and strength. They stand for righteousness, oppose wickedness, endure persecution when necessary, triumph through suffering, and accomplish great things for God’s glory. There is no other way to have spiritual power except through the knowledge of God.
Dear friends in Christ, Daniel himself was a man who knew God, and people who know God have the courage and strength to do His will even though the whole world be against them and everybody around them be giving in to sin. We too can have the spiritual power to do God’s will and to make a significant impact on the godless world in which we live. As our knowledge of Him increases and our friendship with Him grows more intimately and so makes His power more readily available to us.
- Pray that God will give you an increased desire to seek Him daily.
- Just as the deer pants for running stream so I thirst for you, O! God. Pray that God will put hunger and passion in your heart to seek Him.
- Pray that God will give you a burden to pray for the things on His heart.
- Pray that God will grant you wisdom, insight and revelation into His word, by His Spirit, so that you can know Him better.
- Pray that God will grant you understanding of the mysteries of the kingdom through His Word.
Exercise: Spend some quality time today in prayer and meditation.
Memory Verse: Psalm 62:11