Many mornings my whispered prayer, as I ready my colored pencils, bring up my reading app, and open my bible, is Psalm 119:18, “Lord, open my eyes that I may behold wondrous things out of Your law.” On some mornings though it can be more of a somewhat desperate, 911 prayer, “Lord, give me something from Your word. I need something from Your word. Word of God speak!”
This morning was a little more reflective of the latter prayer than the former. Been a week of wrestling. With the Word. With others. With myself. So this morning, I needed something. And God, in His grace, and through His living and active word, answered my prayer. And that, through words spoken by who I think just may be Jesus Himself, but if not Him, then one of His faithful, mighty angelic messengers.
Words spoken to Daniel. But I’m receiving them as words spoken for me. Out of context of the specific Scripture? Sure. But not out of character for what the child of God so often needs to hear.
Again one having the appearance of a man touched me and strengthened me. And he said, “O man greatly loved, fear not, peace be with you; be strong and of good courage.” And as he spoke to me, I was strengthened . . .
(Daniel 10:18-19a ESV)
. . . but the people who know their God shall stand firm and take action.
(Daniel 11:32 ESV)
You are greatly loved. Fear not. Peace be with you. Be strong and of good courage. You know your God, so stand firm, take action. When the going gets tough and you’re not quite sure which way you should be going, there is much benefit in hearing words like these.
Not that it confirms a confidence in your own understanding, but it counsels you to have confidence in the One who has said He would never leave you nor forsake you, the One who promises He will direct your paths. Thus, such exhortations help you plant your feet anew on a solid foundation, reminded again that you really can trust in the Lord with all your heart (Prov. 3:5-6).
Not because you’re something, but because He’s everything. Not because, in the frailty of your flesh, your love of God is so good, but because, with a perfect and steadfast love He has first loved you, and His love is so great.
Sometimes the child of God needs to hear words like these spoken again by his Father.
Word of God speak.
Thankful for His grace. Strengthened and of good courage for His glory.