Jeremiah 29:10-14 (NIV)
10 This is what the LORD says: “When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will come to you and fulfill my gracious promise to bring you back to this place.
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
12 Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.
13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
14 I will be found by you,” declares the LORD, “and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,” declares the LORD, “and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.”
Daniel 9:1-3 (NIV)
1 In the first year of Darius son of Xerxes (a Mede by descent), who was made ruler over the Babylonian kingdom–
2 in the first year of his reign, I, Daniel, understood from the Scriptures, according to the word of the LORD given to Jeremiah the prophet, that the desolation of Jerusalem would last seventy years.
3 So I turned to the Lord God and pleaded with him in prayer and petition, in fasting, and in sackcloth and ashes.
Just how did the Word of God affect Daniel in his every day life? Take the above passages as evidence. It was Daniel’s habit to read and meditate on the Scriptures every day his entire life. One morning he wakes up, opens the Old Testament reading, and begins to pray over the passage and consider what it is that God might have him do this day.
As he is reading the prophet Jeremiah, he reads that the captivity is only going to last seventy years and then the Jews will go returning home to Jerusalem. He may have begun to write something in his daily journal about his observations from the reading that morning or something to that effect. As he was reading and meditating, he began to think of this specific promise of God. Captivity will last only seventy years. Let us listen in on what Daniel might have been thinking.
“Seventy years? How long has it been since we left Jerusalem? Let me think here for a moment. We left in 586 BC and it is now 517 BC. Wait a minute, wait a minute! That means this is year sixty nine of seventy years.”
Daniel begins to compute the dates and considers carefully what exactly this reading means to the Jewish nation in 517 BC. Then it suddenly dawns on him.
“Hey, wait just a minute that means in less than a year we are going to be returning to our homeland. I know this is true because this is what God promised, so there is a lot of work to be done to get our nation ready to return home.”
He knew what must happen first so we read in Daniel Chapter Nine the steps he begins to take to ready the nation for her trip home.
Dear Church, this is what happens when you invest in time reading and meditating on the Word of God. God will enlighten you when you most need it and from His Word on the page you will hear his voice speak to you as to what you are to do.
God longs to commune with you so take some time today to get alone with Him and let him speak his word to your life.
I have some good news for you today; it will not be long until we are going to go home to our eternal city. Let us go about our day knowing this is true, soon we will be going home.
Packing my bags getting ready to go home.