Living in the Lion’s Den: The People of God in Exile
Today's Text: Daniel 8:1-28
Daniel gives these incredible insights as to how we can live in a post-Christian culture, a secular age that wants to push a Biblical Worldview to the margins, if not completely out of the picture. So far, our sermons in the Daniel series can be succinctly stated:
Jer. 29:1-14 – Live your life
Dan. 1:1-7 – Stamp your child
Dan. 1:1-7 – Draw your line
Dan. 1:8-21 – Stand your ground
Dan. 1:8-21 – Love your people
Dan. 2:1-23 - Face your crisis
Dan. 2:24-49 - Know your prophecy
Dan. 3:1-30 - Trust your Savior
Dan. 3:1-30 - Understand your culture
Dan. 4:1-37 – Guard your mind
Dan. 4:1-37 – Surrender your pride
Dan. 5:1-31 - Honor your God
Dan. 6:1-28 – Remember your home:
Dan. 6:1-28 – Show your loyalty:
Dan. 6:1-28 – Embrace your leadership:
Dan. 6:1-28 – Check your attitude:
Dan. 6:1-28 – Maintain your integrity:
Dan. 6:1-28 - Establish your consistency:
Dan. 6:1-28 – Welcome your humility:
Dan. 6:1-28 – Seal your legacy:
Dan. 7:1-28 - Quiet your panic:
Dan. 7:1-28 – Resist your (rogue) government:
Dan. 7:1-28 – Worship your God:
Dan. 7:1-28 – Protect your space:
Dan. 7:1-28 - Define your reset:
Dan. 8:1-27 - Improve your serve:
Dan. 8:1-27 - Continue your faithfulness:
Dan. 9:1-23 - Own your mess:
The Passage Contents - Daniel 9
Living in the Lion’s Den: The People of God in Exile.
Instead of another vision in Daniel, we have run into a Bible study and prayer session. No animals here rising out of a sea or rams and goats being violent as in the previous two visions. This prayer comes from the personal and private attention Daniel gave to reading God’s word. His prayer overflowed out of his Bible reading. We are not above our Bible! It’s Daniel before God in prayer, an appearance by Gabriel, and the plan for the ages revealed in Daniel 9.
Since God is sovereign, why pray? Because God is sovereign, that’s why we pray. We’re identifying ourselves with his plans and promises. Part of His sovereign plan is that He accomplishes things through partnership with you. In a 16-verse prayer, there’s like 20 confessions. Seventy-two percent of Daniel’s prayer is spent in confession. He was so secure in God, he could live and pray in openness. To confess stuff to God is not to tell him anything he doesn’t already know. Confession builds the bridge.
Kyle Idleman suggests that a God-moment that changes everything can be summed up in AHA. Awakening. Honesty. Action. He said it’s like a door that swings on three hinges. Sudden awakening. Brutal honesty. Immediate action. AHA is a recognition (sometimes suddenly) that leads to an honest moment that brings lasting change. The church champions AHA. Daniel lived it.
AWAKENING: God uses something to wake us up (in Daniel’s case it was Scripture).
HONESTY: We see ourselves as we really are (a true view of God levels all of us).
ACTION: When we decide to take action, God begins to move (and He conveys His love).
What is God using to wake you up? Is God sounding the alarm in your life? Do you have an alarm going off in your life – something God is using to wake you up, that will drive you to your knees in fervent prayer like Daniel. God has a word for you. For Daniel, it came from Jeremiah. Daniel’s prayer is actually permeated with quotes and echoes of the Torah and the Prophets, as well as the Psalms. God’s Word is the ideal alarm clock. The circumstances we find ourselves are often difficult; the consequences are sometimes deserved - but Daniel’s God has a plan. Help is on the way! Why don't you come to Him today?