Ancient and Modern

Good afternoon and welcome  to the weekend ( almost)

As a Christian it is good to remember that God has an interest over every part of my life.

I have been re discovering the remarkable insight the book that Daniel wrote 2600 years ago has on the modern working person today. Daniel rose to the highest of administrative and leadership positions in two back to back empires whose belief systems and flow of life was almost identical to ours in western world here in 2017 yet he maintained his “God Values” and public witness for the Creator God of the Bible. We can learn a lot from how he tells us he did this! One pillar on which is relied is summarised as follows: Daniel 5 v 23 says: …” God who holds your breath in His hand and owns all your ways…”.
This statement  ought to make us consider how deeply God is involved in our lives. We should not deceive ourselves into thinking that this principle does not apply to us because we are insignificant. It applies to everyone, high or low, rich or poor, slave or freeman, Gentile or Israelite, converted or unconverted. I have found it once again deeply moving to consider that the breath on which my life depends, itself such a fragile thing, is in the “hand” of an invisible God over whom we can have no control. He can stop our breath at any time. We continue living only because it is what He wants! Revelation chapter 4 clearly tells me I am here because He wants me to be here and that gives my huge significance and meaning.

There is perhaps nothing more absolute than the power God holds over us, yet we do not seem to acknowledge it.

And so because God is delighted to continue to give me breath surely he is interested in all I do and this includes anything at work – small or large, difficult or simple God wants to be involved.

The question is I guess….. will I let Him?

Have a great weekend.

Mark

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