Today’s Reading: Daniel 10-12
Today’s Reflection: Daniel 12:1
“At that time shall arise Michael, the great prince who has charge of your people. And there shall be a time of trouble, such as never has been since there was a nation till that time. But at that time your people shall be delivered, everyone whose name shall be found written in the book.”
Daniel was a great prophet, given intricate detailed visions of what was to happen far into the future. Amid all of the dark visions of a bleak future comes the promise: the great prince Michael, another prophetic name for Jesus, will come and save His people.
One of the things I’ve always appreciated about God and His Word is the honesty. Many religions, faiths and new age belief systems sell the idea that life can be lived without pain, struggle, difficulty or challenge. But no such fable is taught in the Bible. We are explicitly told that we will all go through trials and tribulations. It’s a matter of ‘when’ not ‘if’.
Isaiah 43:2 – When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.
Today’s text warns of the difficulties of living in the final age of this world and it’s conflict between good and evil—the very age we live in today. The fact of the matter is that while many of us live in relative comfort, things in our world are already very bad in many ways—wars, famine, crime, human trafficking and modern slavery, the threat of complete economic collapse—and the reality is they’re only going to get worse. The time of trouble at the end is promised to be the worst ever seen on this planet. But right on the heels of great calamity will be even greater salvation.
From this promise—because that’s what it is—you can be assured that in your life, when times are tough and show no signs of getting better, that your salvation and your saviour are both much nearer than you can even realize.
Romans 13:11 – Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed.
However, in order to claim this saving grace you’re going to have to ‘awaken’ and make an important decision. Are you willing to trust God through the troubled times and remain faithful through challenges, trials and difficulty? Will you surrender your will to God? Will you rely on His strength, knowing yours can fail under the crushing weight of human frailty?
Mark 13:13 – And you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.
Remember, God never promised a life of ease. In fact He promised that difficulties would come. But God has also always assured and comforted us with the promise that He will be with us, always.
Matthew 28:20(b) – “And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”