I was reading in the book of Daniel this morning and was struck by the imagery of the four beasts in Daniel 7. I thought about how terrifying such a vision must have been to Daniel who must not have understood much of the meaning of it. However, just after the description of the beasts come these words:
“I saw in the night visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven there came one like a son of man, and he came to the Ancient of Days and was presented before him. And to him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him; his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom one that shall not be destroyed.” Daniel 7:13,14
Certainly, in our world there are things that frighten, worry, disturb, and yes, sometimes even terrify us. We can’t see an end to the oppression or pain or suffering or hardship. For me it is the decline of our society – the decline of the family, the church, and the community. It’s hard to see our world slowly falling apart and to be optimistic about the future of my 2-year-old granddaughter.
But just when I begin to think that there is no hope, the Holy Spirit reminds of who God actually is. In just those two verses in Daniel, He tells me that His rule extends over all people and that His kingdom can never be destroyed.
Do you read Scripture this way? Looking for who God is and what He has done? I recommend it to you, and don’t just read it but write down these truths somewhere – in your Bible, in a journal, or get a little creative and make them into an art project that you can look at every day. Something like the canvas I made for my office. Inside every purple and gray section I wrote whatever I found out about God every day until every bit of the canvas was full. Now, when I forget that my God is the Ancient of Days, the Creator and Ruler of everything, I can look at this visual aid and remember just how big He really is!