October 5, 2017
Read: Daniel 2:24-49
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Scripture- Daniel 2:44- “During the reigns of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed or conquered. It will crush all these kingdoms into nothingness, and it will stand forever."
Observations- This dream served as a reminder that all earthly kingdoms- no matter how powerful or great they seemed in any given generation- would come to an end. Only the Kingdom of God could ever have true staying power. This dream anticipates the new heaven and new earth that will be set up and ruled over by Jesus Christ at the end of time and space.
Application- We can get so caught up in thinking the things of this earth hold ultimate value. Jesus promised that His Kingdom would one day fully come on this earth, and in the meantime we live as those who seek to see more of the way God does things in heaven be done on this earth. That means forgiveness, reconciliation, and peace need to become key values for Christ followers here and now as we look forward to what God will do fully there and then.
Prayer- God, thank You for so many reminders that this world matters so much to You, In fact, it matters so much that You promise to one day be a part of Your new creation where You will fully reign. Help us live today as those who know this is true and anticipate the new day You are bringing into existence. Amen.
"Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth...'Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.'” (Revelation 21),