Sunday, September 18, 2016

Sunday - Daninel 7-9 - Kelora

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Daniel 7-9

After reading these passages I needed some help from my Life Application Bible to help me understand what these chapters mean.  I will focus more on Chapter 9.  In Chapter 9 Daniel pleads with God about bringing his people back to the promised land. In Daniel's prayer it is interesting that he uses the word "we" throughout his prayer which shows he is not blaming others for the adversity and coming up for excuses.  It is so easy to find blame with others and not look at ourselves when something goes wrong. 

Also Chapter 9:18 "We do not make requests of you because you are righteous, but because of your great mercy." 

I read that "God sends his help, not because we deserve it, but because he wants to show great mercy". This reminds me that when I pray to remember that God doesn't need to show mercy but that he wants us to follow His will and that He wants to show His  mercy when we pray sincerely for forgiveness.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage:  Daniel 5-6


Tammy Reimer said...

Those same things stood out to me.

We often fail to think corporately, to think in terms of "us". It is true that individually we need to have a personal relationship with Jesus. But sometimes I think that we've become too concerned with the individual and lost the importance of community.

And how humbling that Daniel, a man of great integrity and courage and faith, would so freely identify himself with wicked Israel as a whole!

Loved the verses about God's mercy.....
18 “O my God, lean down and listen to me. Open your eyes and see our despair. See how your city—the city that bears your name—lies in ruins. We make this plea, not because we deserve help, but because of your mercy.

It is His merciful character that causes Him to display mercy. Even in extending mercy it is about Hin and not us. To God alone be the glory.

Nathan Reimer said...

Daniel 9:13
Just as it is written in the Law of Moses, all this disaster has come on us, yet we have not sought the favor of the Lord our God by turning from our sins and giving attention to your truth.

How often do we need to be reminded to stay focused on God, and follow Him instead of worrying about our struggles? I need to go back to asking for forgiveness and trying to change, focusing on God instead of worrying about day to day issues.