November 26 Mystery

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Daniel 1:1-2:23;  1 Peter 3:8-4:6;  Psalm 119:65-80;  Proverbs 28:14

Everyone likes a good mystery, right?

Apparently King Nebuchadnezzr’s disturbing dream proved to be the mystery that wise men in his kingdom dreaded. You see, the king wanted them to FIRST tell him the dream he had and THEN interpret it for him–or they would be killed.

Impossible!

The unsolved mystery would be the end of the wisest in the kingdom, including the four young captives from Jerusalem who showed great promise in the wisdom arena.

Daniel, one of the bright young stars, knew that what was impossible for men was something to bring before the God of heaven and earth in prayer.

And so, Daniel and his three friends sought God’s mercy.

In the night, God revealed the mystery to Daniel who then praised the God of heaven:

“Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever;

wisdom and power are his.

He changes times and seasons;

he sets up kings and deposes them.

He gives wisdom to the wise and discerning.

He reveals deep and hidden things;

He knows what lies in darkness;

and light dwells with him.

I thank and praise you, O God of my fathers.

You have given me wisdom and power,

you have made known to me what

we asked of you.

You have made known to us the

dream of the king.”

Daniel 2: 20-23

Lord God, life provides mystery.  Whatever mysteries we face–the unsolved questions find light and wisdom in you.  Grant us Lord, your mercy and hear our prayers.  Open our hearts and eyes to see your will and give you praise. You are the same God that heard Daniel’s prayers.  We thank you for hearing ours.  In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

“Your hands made me and formed me;

give me understanding to learn your commands.

Psalm 119:73

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