Esteemed by God

December 6, 2008 at 6:14 am (Flowers of Thought) (, , , , , )

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I spent the morning with Daniel-a man, recognized in heaven as a “man of esteem”. As I read I tried to pick out what it was that earned him this title from a heavenly messenger. As a youth, he purposed to please God, and then sought the approval of his authorities for his goals. And God blessed him and granted him favor with his authorities. Later on, his purpose to please held strong. His enemies, in jealousy, commented that were they to find anything of which to accuse him, it would have to be in his worship of God. And so he was thrown to the lions. His enemies knew that his worship would remain steadfast, regardless of the circumstances. God allowed the wicked edict, and the unjust punishment in order to glorify Himself when He rescued Daniel from the mouths of the lions. Daniel sought the Lord diligently in spite of sickness, fatigue and spiritual warfare and was rewarded with understanding from the Lord. When he discovered that Jeremiah had prophesied the end of the captivity in his time, he bowed his knees before God, confessing his sins and the sins of his nation and pleading the Lord’s compassion-praying according to God’s known will. God said he had humbled himself and set himself to understand God’s word. As soon as Daniel started praying, the Lord heard him and sent answers-because He esteemed him. God esteemed a man. He thought highly of him. The very last verse is a message from God saying, “Go your way to the end; then you will enter into rest and rise again for your allotted portion at the end of the age.” Five hundred years before Jesus, the firstborn from the dead, Daniel was promised a resurrection to glory.

I must purpose to be like this man whom God esteemed: set my heart to please God, to serve those He has placed me under with humility and wisdom, to worship God with diligence, in spite of obstacles, to be guilty only of worshiping Him, to pray according to God’s will, repenting for myself and others, to set my heart to understanding His word.

Lord, I purpose now to please Thee
It becomes my solemn duty
To be so in love with Thee
That visions of Thy glory fill me.

May the fault of faithful worship
Be the only cause for cursing.
Set my heart to understand Thee
That I may proclaim Thy beauty.

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3 Comments

  1. jack david said,

    Greetings! The man Daniel is Prophesied as a very wise and esteemed person with God in The Prophets before the captivity in Babylon comes. ‘You are wiser than Daniel.’ To this day, some Judean hold that the Prophecy of Daniel is not included in the Tanachk. The value of the Holy Scriptures regarding The Testimony of the wisdom of Daniel is Angelic Prophesy and Dreams and Visions regarding what Kingdoms were to come before The Temple of God was destroyed and continuing on to the setting up of The Temple of God at Jerusalem in timeline fashion at Prophecy is distinct in accordance with The Testimony given to Ezekiel and The Apostle John regarding what was to come before the Coming of the tribulation war culmination and the appearance of Jesus Messiah at Jerusalem.

  2. godsloveandlaw said,

    Very good! I just posted a message called “Are you esteemed by God?” sincerely Rob http://www.godsloveandlaw.wordpress.com

  3. godsloveandlaw said,

    Check it out if you can, thx.

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