I don’t know about you but I love new beginnings…Spring, Fall, a new year. I ended 2013 so blessed to have read through the entire Bible for the very first time. It took many hours and discipline not to camp on the amazing things God gave me in each book. I did give myself permission to highlight, underline, asterisk and make a very few notes. What an amazing time I had with the Lord as I read each day. When I came to Revelation I was sad to see my journey end. Though I can continue to take a more leisurely time each day on much smaller portions, I miss the intensity of reading an entire book or several if small. I finished on December 30. Our Pastor started a new series at the beginning of the year. He is covering all 66 books doing an overview of each of them. I had forgotten he was planning this but God hadn’t when He laid it on my heart to take this fun journey through His Word with Him.
So how has your new year started? I took two weeks in January to see my Dad who is still grieving the loss of my Mom in August. His 90th birthday is in June and we plan to celebrate it with a big party. I’m glad I didn’t wait till then to go see him. His Alzheimer’s has caused more deterioration and it breaks my heart. I praise God in His answer to prayer for mercy for my Dad! He is pretty happy for the most part. He doesn’t realize the decline. He doesn’t remember that he doesn’t remember. I am so grateful for that! I am also recovering from a bout of the flu this week that after 7 days still has me not at 100%. So what about you? What is happening in your world? How have you and God started this new year?
Today in our quest to look at God’s Word to grow in knowing Him, we will look at Daniel chapter one. Though this may be a familiar story we are searching for things about who God is, What He does, What He likes or doesn’t, etc. After Daniel and some of the other young men from the Israelite nobility and royal family were brought into service for Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon, Daniel in verse 8 resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine the king was providing for them. What I loved in verse 9 was how God caused the official to show favor and compassion to Daniel. This gives me such a great picture of how God intervenes in our lives. He doesn’t just act through His people, He works for His people through others. He is able to cause people in the world to have compassion and treat us differently when we desire to live a Godly life.
The next time I see God mentioned is in verse 17. God gave Daniel and the other 3 knowledge and understanding of all kinds of literature and learning. We have a God who wants to give us all we need. We learn in verse 19 that the king found none of the young men equal to the four of them. They were put in high positions as the king relied on them above all others in the kingdom.
I am so grateful that my God is a God who is active in my life. He is interacting in the lives of people I come in contact with and those who have authority over me. He will give me the knowledge to do what He is calling me to do. I can count on Him and can ask Him to give me His mind to know, remember and retain all He wants to be successful. How about you! when you read the first chapter of Daniel, what do you learn about who God is? I would love for you to share with us! Have a good day and watch for all that God is doing in and through others as we grow in knowing God!