“Seek the LORD and his strength; seek his presence continually!” – 1 Chronicles 16:11, ESV
Yesterday, not two hours after I posted a video to update our progress on the juice fast, I hit the wall. In other words, I wasn’t perky and full of energy anymore. I was tired, irritable, and impatient. My stomach hurt, and I didn’t feel like talking to anyone. I just wanted to be left alone.
I went to bed frustrated because I’d had such a great morning and sensed the Lord’s presence in a powerful way.To experience such a dramatic contrast in the afternoon and evening was disappointing.
This morning I needed encouragement from the Lord. As I opened up my Bible, I prayed, “Lord, I want to hear from you today. Show me what you want me to know.”
It’s no coincidence that my “Read through the Bible in a Year” calendar has me in the book of Daniel this week. Today I read chapters 7-10. The message God had for me appeared toward the end of the passage:
Daniel has completed a three-week fast, in which he prayed for understanding about the revelation God gave him (10:1-3). Three days after his fast was finished, a heavenly being came to encourage Daniel and provide insight in response to his prayers. The Bible says that when the man appeared, Daniel lost his strength, his face turned deathly pale, and he was helpless (10:8).
Then man then said to Daniel, “Do not be afraid, O man highly esteemed. Peace! Be strong now; be strong (10:19).”
The second half of verse 19 is what God highlighted in my heart and mind. Daniel said, “When he spoke to me, I was strengthened.”
When we spend time in the Word and in prayer, we are strengthened. The Lord speaks to us, touches our hearts, and gives us wisdom. He takes away our fear and helps us to stand.
If you haven’t yet opened the Bible today, make time to read it. God has something important to show you today.