Fairview Baptist Tabernacle
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Staying Connected
April 24 – April 30
Scripture Passage: “Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are his: And he changes the times and the seasons: he removes kings, and sets up kings: he gives wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding: He reveals the deep and secret things: he knows what is in the darkness, and the light dwells in him.” Daniel 2:20-22 
Dear Friends,  
     Daniel was between a rock and a hard place. King Nebuchadnezzar had a dream that troubled him and his magicians, astrologers, and sorcerers could not interpret it. The king had declared that anyone who could not interpret the dream be cut in to pieces and his home and family be destroyed. Daniel was considered to be one of the wise men and that put him and his friends in danger. Daniel went to his friends: Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah and asked them to pray to God for mercy and the interpretation of the dream.   They had nothing but prayer and that was apparently all they needed. They knelt down and God showed up. “When you are down to nothing, God is up to something.” What started out as a prayer of desperation ended up in a prayer of exaltation.   The secret became a revelation and the death sentence became a promotion. You just never know when God is going to appear and show himself mighty on your behalf. Abraham Lincoln said it like this: “I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go.” Let us look at Daniel’s prayer of exaltation and learn from it.
     When Daniel’s prayer was answered, he wasted no time giving God credit and praising His name for deliverance. Not only is God omniscient, He is also omnipotent. What does this mean? Daniel said that wisdom and might belonged to God. In essence he was say that God knew everything and could do anything. What was impossible for he and the other wise men was nothing for God to handle. Since God is the Alpha and Omega, he started it all and he would finish it all, so there was nothing that is kept in secret that he does not know. God’s great truths may be hidden to the wise of the world, but He takes great joy in revealing them to those who seek Him.
     As spring has arrived and everything begins to bud and flower, we are reminded that God is the one who changes the seasons. Patty and I have discussions every year about when to put the tomato plants out. She wants to put them out early, and I want to put them out late, because I do not like to cover them up to protect them from the frost. The fact is only God can change the weather and if he wants it to snow in July, all we can do is just get ready. We just went from temperatures in the 40’s one day to 85 the next and there was absolutely nothing we could do about it. Just as he changes the seasons, so he also puts persons in positions of authority to accomplish his own plans. I wonder what God is trying to teach us by allowing us to have the two major candidates who are running for the presidential office? There were more godly candidates with strong moral and spiritual values, but the American public rejected them and have chosen two candidates of questionable notoriety.  I do not think either one can be elected unless God allows it to take place, so what is God up to? I do not know, but where I do not trust either one of our candidates, I trust God completely.    He is in control. 
     Finally, the one possessing all knowledge shares his knowledge with the wise and understanding to those who seek Him. He teaches us how to take the intellectual knowledge we have and turn it into discernment and practical application. He reveals the secrets of men and women and turns the hidden folly of the evil one into harmless whispers. The best part is that he can see through the evil of this present age because He is the light shining in darkness. Our world is living in darkness and their knowledge has been affected by the lack of spiritual light. Jesus is the light that darkness cannot comprehend and we are the jars of clay with that light dwelling in us. We, like Gideon, must break open our jars of clay and let our light shine to the lost and dying world. It is time we let our little light shine through faithful prayer, praise, and worship. Open up and shine for Jesus. 
In Christ,
Pastor Johnny