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Go Your Way and Rest

Saturday, September 8th, 2007

Today’s scripture: Daniel 7:1, 15, 28; 8:27; and 12:13 (NRSV) (The Message)

As you read, consider these questions: What might God be saying to me in this passage? What jumps out at me? Summarize your thoughts in a sentence or two before reading on.

My thoughts on this passage (Tyler Connoley):

The last few chapters of Daniel are filled with accounts of visions and dreams. These are presented as mystical experiences Daniel had during the years he served under various kings of Persia, and they’ve confounded scholars and frightened readers for generations.

So, if the visions confuse you or frighten you, know that you’re not alone. Daniel, himself, recounts over and over how he was terrified and confused at the things he saw. Even after the Angel Gabriel explains one of the visions to him, Daniel responds, “But I was dismayed by the vision and did not understand it.”

Although it’s tempting to spend time wrestling with the details of these visions, trying to understand what they mean and what events they point to, I believe it rarely brings good fruit. Instead, we tend to fall into what Paul calls “stupid controversies, genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels,” which Paul says “are unprofitable and worthless” (Titus 3:9).

In the end, what matters is the final word spoken by the Angel Michael to Daniel, “But you, go your way, and rest; you shall rise for your reward at the end of the days.”

If you are following God’s ways, then these words are spoken to you.

Thought for the day: Confused? Frightened? Go your way and rest. Rest in the certainty that you will rise for your reward in the end.

We encourage you to include a time of prayer with this reading. If you need a place to start, consider the guidelines on the How to Pray page.

"Be still, and know that I am God." Psalm 46:10
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