Many centuries ago, there lived a man named Daniel. Righteous yet enslaved for the sins of the Israelites. While in bondage, Daniel prayed like his life depended on it. We know not to praise someone’s prayer, rather learn from the trust Daniel had in his heart for His God to protect him.
Surely, God showed Daniel favor. Not just in the physical protection from the lion, but in a rich intimacy with the Lord Himself. God spoke to Daniel in dreams and through the angel Gabriel.
Where have we heard about the angel Gabriel?
God’s chosen messenger from heaven told Daniel of things to come:
“While I was speaking and praying, confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel and making my request to the Lord my God for His holy hill – while I was still in prayer, Gabriel, the man I had seen in the earlier vision, came to me in swift flight about the time of the evening sacrifice. He instructed me and said to me, ‘Daniel, I have now come to give you insight and understanding. As soon as you began to pray, a word went out, which I have come to tell you, for you are highly esteemed'” (Daniel 9:20-23).
Gabriel informed Daniel of destruction in the midst of restoration … and of the coming of the Anointed One:
“Know and understand this: From the time the word goes out to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until the Anointed One, the ruler, comes there will be seventy ‘sevens’ and sixty two ‘sevens’. It will be rebuilt with streets and a trench, but in times of trouble” (Daniel 9:25).
Gabriel whispered Bethlehem into Mary’s young soul hundred of years later.
“But the angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call Him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David, and He will reign forever, His Kingdom will never end” (Luke 1:30-33).
Same angel. Same Messiah.
Pause, and allow awe to fill in the spaces of doubt and fear. Invite wonder to heal the nagging unanswered questions in this life.
As I arrived at church yesterday morning before others, my feet planted in “O Come let us adore Him”, I leaned toward heaven.
My whole being, each thought taken captive by His peace, for His peace will never end.
Snowflakes sprinkled like confectionery sugar on His trees … each His creation … whispering of grace and redemption.
Snow falls silently, yet the babe cries out to the darkness.
No darkness shall overcome Me, for I Am the Light of the World. All who choose to come close, to linger at the Manger, will know in their hearts I AM the Son of God.
I AM Yours, if you let me in. I will speak over the chaos and confusion if you come near to hear the timeless whispers of Bethlehem.
Good morning and Hallelujah for the Manger!
I pray your hearts are light this Monday. I pray these words help draw you near to the blessed Savior.
If you need prayer, allow me to pray. Email juliedibblespeaks@juliedibblewrites.
Until God gives me more words to share …
Love in Christ,