“He reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what lies in darkness, and light dwells with him.” (Daniel 2:22)

Daniel knew God. These powerhouse biblical figures have taken on the persona of legends. But they were flesh and blood like us, sinned like we do, failed like we do and had the concerns and worries of life just as we experience. If they were like us we can like them.

Daniel knew how to pray. He was disciplined to setting aside time to converse with God. He knew God just as we can know God. His time with God was a dialogue with the Creator, not a list of “I needs”. Daniel tells us here that God reveals deep and hidden things, knows what we can’t see and can warn and show us these things. If you want insight into opportunity for your business, you will need to walk with God closer. Insight, wisdom and instruction are accompanied by peace joy and the occasional correction. Listen and learn.

Quick Prayer. “Help me to hear, Holy Spirit.” Amen

Overcoming big problems.

“One who is wise can go up against the city of the mighty and pull down the stronghold in which they trust.” (Proverbs 21:22)

Every so often we face big problems. These are not the ordinary things of life but those massive, almost overwhelming problems that rarely impact us but that can be very intimidating. This is when we really need the wisdom of God. Let Him lay down the strategy, and in His strength you can overcome and pull down the mighty stronghold.

Take the time to wait on Him for an answer. Often a big problem causes an immediate response from us. We want to act because we feel doing nothing is ignoring the problem.

Taking time to hear from God can result in a suitable response empowered by the God Who overcomes.

Quick Prayer. “Give me the wisdom to overcome this big problem Lord.” Amen

Giving and Hearing

“And said, ‘Cornelius, God has heard your prayer and remembered your gifts to the poor.” (Act 10:31)

This almost sounds like an Old Testament Scripture. Surely our relationship with God is solely based on the forgiveness appropriated by Jesus? Yes, it is; you are quite correct. Yet just as we are forgiven in the measure we forgive others, so God sees our gifts to the poor and other acts and is moved and motivated by the evidence of a transformed heart.

When we are faithful, we are given more. We still reap what we sow even in this time of God’s grace. There are consequences for actions, and He does still test our motivations and obedience. These are not popular concepts, but I have found them to still be true.

Quick Prayer: Thank You that You listen to me as I listen and act well toward others. Amen.