21 September 2020 – Daniel 2:44 (NIV)

21 September 2020 – Daniel 2:44 (NIV)

Scripture

44 “In the time of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed, nor will it be left to another people. It will crush all those kingdoms and bring them to an end, but it will itself endure forever.

Reflection

In this passage, Daniel is interpreting a dream of the Babylonian king. Daniel describes how the statue in the dream represents five kingdoms, the first four of which are temporal – earthly kingdoms that, like anything of this earth, will ultimately fall as the next kingdom rises up. But there is a fifth kingdom – one that set up by God Himself – that is different. God’s kingdom “will never be destroyed” and, just as important, it will not “be left to another people,” meaning that it is His kingdom. Why is this so significant? It’s because the beauty of heaven is that we can be in God’s presence. He is our reward – God’s kingdom is the blessing of being in communion with Him for eternity.

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
  • What does this passage tell you about humanity?
  • What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
  • How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
  • Is there anyone you think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.

Prayer

Invite the Holy Spirit to still you, fill you, and restore you. “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him”

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Charlie Engelmann currently serving his third term as an elder of SCF. He is the director of Pepperdine University's Shanghai residential program and has lived in China on and off since 2001. He and his wife, Judith, have three kids: Ethan, Evangeline and EJ.