Posted On September 16, 2021

Daniel 9:13-14, “Just as it is written in the Law of Moses, all this disaster has come on us, yet we have not sought the favor of the Lord our God by turning from our sins and giving attention to your truth.  The Lord did not hesitate to bring the disaster on us, for the Lord our God is righteous in everything he does; yet we have not obeyed him.”

Sometimes road signs can be confusing. Driving around Atlanta can be hard and stress-producing and will convince you that there really is a merciful God. It is a wonder that there are not more accidents and fatalities. Crazy doesn’t even begin to describe what can be seen on those roads. The road signs are there to help and to tell you what lane to drive in if you want to exit the freeway. They also tell you how fast to go when to pass, and what dangers are ahead. Paying attention to these signs will increase your chances of a safe and successful trip.

We are told that the things in the Bible are written as warnings and examples for us who read them (1 Corinthians 10:11). It behooves us to look at the stories in God’s Word, not as merely historical narratives, but as solid truths from which we can gain important life lessons. And, it is also the way to obtain eternal life and avoid the disasters our forefathers brought on themselves.

The Old Testament prophet, Daniel, gives us three reasons we face the calamities we sometimes encounter on our journey through this life.

We have not sought the favor of our Lord God. As children, we learn very early on how to get the good things we want. We are taught the magic words, “Please and thank you,” which will open doors for just about anything and everything we desire. We learn how to avoid punishment and seek the favor of the adults who care for us. We should also learn what is required to obtain the “favor of our Lord God.” God’s Word tells us how to please God. It tells us plainly what to avoid and what to do to seek His favor. This doesn’t obtain our salvation – only faith in Christ alone does that, but it does put us in the right place to receive His love and mercy.

We are often very comfortable with the status quo. We give very little attention to what our thoughts, words, and actions reflect about our loving, gracious, and merciful Heavenly Father. We glide through life doing things the way we’ve always done them, not realizing the selfishness, pride, or anger they might represent. We must recognize where we are acting against God and turn from it. We must learn where our actions and thoughts break God’s law and His heart. These things sent Christ to the cross for us! We must become aware of them so we can renounce them and seek the healing and restoration that His love brings.

We have not given attention to the truth. One of the best ways to spot the false is to know what’s true. You are less likely to accept a fake $100 bill if you know what a real one feels and looks like. The same is true in our faith. We are less likely to fall for false teaching when we know the biblical teachings about God and Christ. If you don’t know what the Bible says about everyday life (much less controversial topics), you won’t be able to recognize and read the road signs warning you to stay away. We then fall prey to shysters and are led in the wrong direction when we don’t give our attention to God’s truth. “Sanctify them by the truth; Your word is truth” (John 17:17).

“. . .For the Lord our God is righteous in everything he does; yet we have not obeyed him.” (Daniel 9:14)

The Lord, our God, is righteous in everything He does. He is worthy of our trust and praise because He will not lead us in the wrong direction. He will lead us home.

“We do not make requests of you (God) because we are righteous, but because of your great mercy. Lord, listen! Lord, forgive! Lord, hear and act! For your sake, my God, do not delay. . .”  (Daniel 9:18-19)

Pay attention to the road signs! We can follow the road signs given to us through God’s Word with confidence because of His great mercy! We can walk steadily through dark places with the light of His word guiding us (Psalm 119:105). We can navigate our way through disasters of every kind when our eyes are watching His word for the truths that will strengthen us and fill us with His joy.

Related Posts

Five Attributes of God and Their Meaning in Scripture

Five Attributes of God and Their Meaning in Scripture

The Eternity of God Revelation 1:8 supports God’s sovereignty with three statements, the first of which expresses the eternity of God: “‘I am the Alpha and the Omega,’ says the Lord God.” God reigns over all since He is before and after all things. “The Alpha and the...

8 New Testament Passages That Support a Historical Adam and Eve

8 New Testament Passages That Support a Historical Adam and Eve

Luke 3:38 In one of the two New Testament genealogies of Jesus, Luke identifies Jesus as “the son (as was supposed) of Joseph, the son of Heli” (Luke 3:23). Luke proceeds to trace Jesus’s descent back to “Adam, the son of God”: Jesus, when he began his ministry, was...

Men as the Chief Repenters in the Home

Men as the Chief Repenters in the Home

On today’s Warriors of Grace show, Dave considers six ingredients for biblical repentance, men leading in repentance in the home, union with Christ, and biblical manhood. What You'll Hear On This Episode Six ingredients for biblical repentance. Union with Christ and...

Why You and I Need the Local Church

Why You and I Need the Local Church

“I don’t need to go to a building to meet with God.” “I can read my Bible and pray anywhere.” “I love Jesus, but I’m against organized religion.” I often hear these types of statements as a justification to skip out on the weekly gathering of God’s people (church)....

The Dangers of the Message

The Dangers of the Message

On today’s Equipping You in Grace, Dave and Doreen consider how our belief in and understanding of Scripture impacts what we do with the Bible, the difference between dynamic translations and paraphrases, and comparing Scripture to the message. What you'll hear in...

Practice Makes Progress

Practice Makes Progress

God intends for us to grow. Peter reminds us that, “like newborn infants,” we should “desire the pure milk of the word, so that you may grow up into your salvation” (1 Peter 2:2). Growing from infancy to maturity is how the Bible portrays God’s work in your life (Eph...

0 Comments

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Share
Tweet2
Email
Reddit
Share