God’s Plans; March 13, 2018

Daniel 2:11, 19 “What the king asks is too difficult. No one can reveal it to the king except the gods, and they do not live among men.”
During the night the mystery was revealed to Daniel in a vision. Then Daniel praised the God of heaven.

I get a kick out of the way God had the “wise men” of Babylon set up His credentials, and Daniel’s, in the process of this story. By their own admission, Nebuchadnezzar’s demand could be met only by divinity, so they certified Daniel as a true prophet in advance of his functioning that way. This is just one example of what God told Isaiah: “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8-9) Precisely because He sees the end from the beginning, God doesn’t do things the way we would. He caused the king to make a very unreasonable demand (probably because he couldn’t remember his dream distinctly, but just knew that it was really awesome) and then went from there to discredit the false prophets in the king’s court and certify Daniel. That’s absolutely brilliant when we look at it now, but at the time it was terrifying to those who had to experience the threat of death from an absolute monarch. This should teach us to trust God and wait in hope, just as God again instructed Isaiah, (Isaiah 40:30-31) resting assured that He has a better idea, and His plans are always for our good. (Jeremiah 29:11)

I have experienced God’s surprising plans many times, but that doesn’t mean my faith is perfect by any means. As much as I have tasted God’s faithfulness and goodness, I still get anxious at times, even though I’m not dealing with a sentence of death like Daniel was. God has made His power, grace, and love very obvious to me more times than I could count, so I have no excuse. He has even told me personally to rest, relax, and rejoice, so I should certainly be living in the “perfect peace” that both Isaiah (Isaiah 26:3) and Paul (Philippians 4:6-7) talk about. I do enjoy that most of the time, but I prove my human frailty much more often than I would like. I guess I just need to rejoice that God is still growing me!

Father, sometimes I look back at myself and just have to shake my head. Thank You for putting up with my foolishness. Help me walk in all that You have poured out on and into me, so that it may pour through me unhindered, blessing many and drawing them to You, for their salvation and Your glory. Thank You. Hallelujah!

About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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