Saturday, June 7, 2008

A Spiritual Journey

I can’t say that I want to get back to the roots of this blog, because I never really got started. I wanted this to be a place for me to reveal the truth of the Word, an outlet of sorts for what God is telling me as I read through the Scriptures.

So over the next several weeks I want to talk about my two favorite personalities of the Old Testament—Jonah and Daniel. Daniel is a favorite because he is so Christ-like. Jonah because he is so…well…me-like. The signature verse in the Book of Daniel is 1:8, “So Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat.” He purposed in his heart that he would not forsake God and God’s rules. For Jonah, the key verse is 3:1, “Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the second time.” We all know how bad Jonah messed up, but God kept giving Jonah a second chance. (If you don’t know how bad Jonah messed up, keep checking back.)

You see, it doesn’t matter if you are a great man of purpose like Daniel, or a total screw-up like Jonah, God can use you. (And, can use me!) He is the God of the second chance, or third chance, or hundredth chance. I love the comparison found in these two men, and the internal comparison I make between what I strive to be on the outside, and who I feel I am on the inside. Both men took a trip—a journey of faith and self discovery. Over the next few weeks, join me on a similar trip of self searching and faith building. A trip of Biblical understanding that hopefully will help us all to realize the inner Daniel and combat the internal Jonah that keeps us from God’s presence.

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