(Most of our ladies "Daniel" Bible study group. Some of them could not be there today)
A special group of ladies met together this morning to finish a journey we had started together back in February. It's been a fun trip and I think most all of us are sad to see it end. Today was the last of our twelve weeks of Bible study about Daniel. What a man! But more than that, what a God he served! Of course Daniel's gone but his God is still here and ...awesome thing....he's my God too!
(FYI.....about the green Tee-shirts. Today is National Pro-Life Tee-Shirt day. Ours were green with the words "Let There Be LIFE" on the front)
From the beginning of Daniel 1 to the ending of Daniel 12 it's been exciting. From watching Daniel as a young man stand up and declare that he would not do certain things because he had "Purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king's meat, nor with the wine which he drank;" to seeing him cast into a den of hungry lions at the age of approximately eighty because he would not stop his daily prayers to God. What a wonderful example he is even still today. A man who loved God not only just as a young man, nor one who waited until he was old to serve God, but one who was faithful to follow his God from his youth to his grave.
Because of the faithfulness and obedience of Daniel and his Hebrew friends Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, God gave them ten times the knowledge , skill in learning and wisdom than all the other wise men in the land. And unto Daniel he gave understanding of visions and dreams. Which, of course, really came in handy to save the necks of him, his friends and all the other wise men in Daniel 2. .... VERY interesting reading!
And of course there was the deliverance of his three friends....whom we all know better by their Babylonian names of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego....from the fiery furnace. Thrown into a fire so hot the soldiers with the task of putting them in the fire died from the heat. Bound hand and foot. No hope it seemed. But then from the king's own lips we hear him say he sees not three but FOUR men walking in the fire...loosed...and the fourth man is like the Son of God! They came out alive with nothing being burned except the ropes that had bound them. Scripture says they didn't even have the smell of smoke on them! It's a God thing people! He is able!
And then there's the prophecies of Daniel about end times. And folks, it sure looks like we're getting near the end. Don't lose hope. Just look up for our redemption draweth nigh!
One of the main thoughts I came away with from this Bible study is this: If I am to be a godly woman it will have to be on PURPOSE....because no one is ever accidently a follower of God!
To all my fellow Bible study students....it was a fun trip and I hope we get to take a few more before this thing is over! :)
God bless you!