Sunday, April 2, 2017

The Readings for SUNDAY, March 26, 2017 - 5th Sunday in Lent (Judica Sunday)

Resurrection of Lazarus. 12-13 c.

Introitus: Iudica me Deus

JUDGE me, O God: and plead my cause against an ungodly nation. O deliver me from the deceitful and unjust man: for Thou art the God of my strength. O send out Thy light and Thy truth: let them lead me; let them bring me unto Thy holy hill. Glory be to the Father, (Psalm 43:1-3)

The Old Testament Lesson

The Old Testament Lesson for today is taken from Ezekiel 37:1-14

The hand of the LORD came upon me, and he brought me out by the spirit of the LORD and set me down in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. He led me all around them; there were very many lying in the valley, and they were very dry. He said to me, "Mortal, can these bones live?" I answered, "O Lord GOD, you know." Then he said to me, "Prophesy to these bones, and say to them: O dry bones, hear the word of the LORD. Thus says the Lord GOD to these bones: I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live. I will lay sinews on you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live; and you shall know that I am the LORD." So I prophesied as I had been commanded; and as I prophesied, suddenly there was a noise, a rattling, and the bones came together, bone to its bone. I looked, and there were sinews on them, and flesh had come upon them, and skin had covered them; but there was no breath in them. Then he said to me, "Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, mortal, and say to the breath: Thus says the Lord GOD: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live." I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood on their feet, a vast multitude. Then he said to me, "Mortal, these bones are the whole house of Israel. They say, 'Our bones are dried up, and our hope is lost; we are cut off completely.' Therefore prophesy, and say to them, Thus says the Lord GOD: I am going to open your graves, and bring you up from your graves, O my people; and I will bring you back to the land of Israel. And you shall know that I am the LORD, when I open your graves, and bring you up from your graves, O my people. I will put my spirit within you, and you shall live, and I will place you on your own soil; then you shall know that I, the LORD, have spoken and will act, says the LORD."

This is the Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God!


Psalm 130 De profundis
1   Out of the depths have I called to you, O LORD; LORD, hear my voice; let your ears consider well the voice of my supplication.
2   If you, LORD, were to note what is done amiss, O LORD, who could stand?
3   For there is forgiveness with you; therefore you shall be feared.
4   I wait for the LORD; my soul waits for him; in his word is my hope.
5   My soul waits for the LORD, more than watchmen for the morning, more than watchmen for the morning.
6   O Israel, wait for the LORD, for with the LORD there is mercy;
7   With him there is plenteous redemption, and he shall redeem Israel from all their sins.

The Epistle Lesson

The Epistle Lesson for today is taken from Romans 8:6-11

To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. For this reason the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God's law-- indeed it cannot, and those who are in the flesh cannot please God. But you are not in the flesh; you are in the Spirit, since the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. But if Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through his Spirit that dwells in you.

This is the Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God!

The Nicene Creed

  • We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.
  • We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father. Through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary, and was made man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.
  • We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son. With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen

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“When God Delays” - The Sermon for SUNDAY, April 2, 2017 - 5th Sunday Sunday in Lent (Judica Sunday)

Raising Lazarus, 1875, Carl Heinrich Bloch
The Holy Gospel Lesson

Today's Holy Gospel lesson is written in John 11:1-45

Now a certain man was ill, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. Mary was the one who anointed the Lord with perfume and wiped his feet with her hair; her brother Lazarus was ill. So the sisters sent a message to Jesus, "Lord, he whom you love is ill." But when Jesus heard it, he said, "This illness does not lead to death; rather it is for God's glory, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it." Accordingly, though Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus, after having heard that Lazarus was ill, he stayed two days longer in the place where he was. Then after this he said to the disciples, "Let us go to Judea again." The disciples said to him, "Rabbi, the Jews were just now trying to stone you, and are you going there again?" Jesus answered, "Are there not twelve hours of daylight? Those who walk during the day do not stumble, because they see the light of this world. But those who walk at night stumble, because the light is not in them." After saying this, he told them, "Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I am going there to awaken him." The disciples said to him, "Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will be all right." Jesus, however, had been speaking about his death, but they thought that he was referring merely to sleep. Then Jesus told them plainly, "Lazarus is dead. For your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him." Thomas, who was called the Twin, said to his fellow disciples, "Let us also go, that we may die with him." When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb four days. Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, some two miles away, and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them about their brother. When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, while Mary stayed at home. Martha said to Jesus, "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask of him." Jesus said to her, "Your brother will rise again." Martha said to him, "I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day." Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?" She said to him, "Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one coming into the world." When she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary, and told her privately, "The Teacher is here and is calling for you." And when she heard it, she got up quickly and went to him. Now Jesus had not yet come to the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met him. The Jews who were with her in the house, consoling her, saw Mary get up quickly and go out. They followed her because they thought that she was going to the tomb to weep there. When Mary came where Jesus was and saw him, she knelt at his feet and said to him, "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died." When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, he was greatly disturbed in spirit and deeply moved. He said, "Where have you laid him?" They said to him, "Lord, come and see." Jesus began to weep. So the Jews said, "See how he loved him!" But some of them said, "Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?" Then Jesus, again greatly disturbed, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone was lying against it. Jesus said, "Take away the stone." Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, "Lord, already there is a stench because he has been dead four days." Jesus said to her, "Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?" So they took away the stone. And Jesus looked upward and said, "Father, I thank you for having heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I have said this for the sake of the crowd standing here, so that they may believe that you sent me." When he had said this, he cried with a loud voice, "Lazarus, come out!" The dead man came out, his hands and feet bound with strips of cloth, and his face wrapped in a cloth. Jesus said to them, "Unbind him, and let him go." Many of the Jews therefore, who had come with Mary and had seen what Jesus did, believed in him. (ESV)

Here ends the Gospel lesson for today
Glory be to Thee ,O Christ!

Grace be unto you and peace, from God our Father and from our Lord, Jesus Christ. Amen

“When God Delays”


One of the most difficult situations in the Christian life is when God remains silent to our prayers.

A family I know has two teenagers. Their oldest son has been diagnosed with ADD, and he has been treated for this condition for years. For the past couple of years, the young man has also battled depression undergoing both counseling and medication therapy. His life hasn’t been charmed. He has been a handful to raise. He has struggled and his parents have struggled with him. Throughout the teen’s life, his parents have kept him in prayer. But it seems that God has not heard their prayers. Recently, he has been hanging out with the wrong crowd and getting into drugs. The couple wrestles with why God hasn’t answered their prayers and help their son.

A middle aged woman was pink slipped about a year ago. Since that time, she has been diligent in seeking another job. She’s gone on three second interviews. She’s prayed and prayed that the Lord would open the door for these jobs. They were great jobs. But she was not hired for any of them. She wonders where God is in this situation and why God hasn’t answered her prayers.

We know people with similar stories. WE have similar stories. This story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead allows us to catch a glimpse of what God is doing in our lives and in our world.


Lazarus, a friend of Jesus, was sick in Bethany—a town near to where Jesus was staying. His sisters sent word to Jesus of his predicament. They hoped that Jesus would come and heal Lazarus. Instead, Jesus does a very strange thing, he waits. Mary, Martha, and Lazarus were people whom he loved. Still he waited.

Not only does Jesus wait, but he also makes a rather strange comment to rationalize his waiting. Jesus said, “This illness does not lead to death; rather it is for God’s glory, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it.” There appears to be more a stake here than simply curing a serious illness. Jesus sees this as an opportunity for God to be honored and glorified.

We can’t explain all the reasons why God delays, but one explanation is that God delays because he sees the bigger picture. There may be issues with which we need to deal and God’s delaying allows us to address these issues. Perhaps someone else needs to face elements in his or her life that need to be changed and God’s slow response to our prayers allows the individual to do that. God may want something better for us. There may be hundreds of things that God sees that we do not see, which cause God to pause in answering our prayers.

Though God waits, God is still in control. God is still able to answer our prayer. God is still able to be glorified. And, God cares.


While we wait and we carry on that internal discussion, we sometimes begin to tell ourselves that God doesn’t care about us. “If God did care for us, then God would answer our prayer,” we rationalize to ourselves.

Jesus was very caring in this story, even though he waited. John writes that Jesus loved Mary and Martha. When Jesus arrives at Bethany and he is surrounded by all of the mourners, Jesus feels their grief and pain and begins to weep.

When we shed tears, God sheds tears with us. When we ache at the very core of our being, God aches with us. God shares our suffering, just as he shares our successes and victories.


Martha voices trust in the resurrection from the dead—that things will be made right eventually. Jesus corrects her by proclaiming that he is the resurrection and the life. The resurrection life is now, and the situation is never hopeless.

Jesus is taken to the tomb. He orders the stone rolled away. Martha protests. Jesus calls for Lazarus to come out of the tomb and moments later Lazarus does.

Eventually, Jesus acted, and when he did the people around him realized that a miracle had occurred. They gave glory to God for what had happened. People came to faith. It was also the turning point for the Pharisees who now saw that they needed to quickly eliminate Jesus.


We may not have all of the answers, but we can still take comfort in the truth that God is present and in control. God also loves us and wants the very best for us. And, God will be glorified in our lives.


New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. The New Revised Standard Version Bible may be quoted and/or reprinted up to and inclusive of five hundred (500) verses without express written permission of the publisher, provided the verses quoted do not amount to a complete book of the Bible or account for fifty percent (50%) of the total work in which they are quoted. Sermon shared by Kevin Ruffcorn, Apr 13, 2011.

Verse of the Day - April 2, 2017

Matthew 20:17-19 (NIV) [Jesus Predicts His Death a Third Time] Now Jesus was going up to Jerusalem. On the way, he took the Twelve aside and said to them, “We are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and the teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death and will hand him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified. On the third day he will be raised to life!”

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Un Dia a la Vez - Tu futuro

No les hagan caso a sus [...] adivinos, intérpretes de sueños, astrólogos y hechiceros [...] Las mentiras que ellos les profetizan solo sirven para que ustedes [...] mueran.
Jeremías 27:9-10, NVI

Muchas de nuestras familias, ya sea por tradición o por cultura, tienen la costumbre de visitar brujos, espiritistas, lectores de cartas y manos y santeros, por mencionar algunos. Su propósito es escuchar, según cabe suponer, lo que les deparará el destino. Lo hacen sin imaginarse siquiera que estas personas inescrupulosas les mienten para sacar verdades y, lo que es peor, para robarles su dinero.

Algunas personas buscan así su futuro, aun sabiendo lo que Dios dice al respecto en la Palabra. Y si no lo habías leído nunca, dice con claridad que ninguno de los que mencioné antes entrará en el reino de los cielos.

Dios dice en varias partes de la Palabra que no debemos consultar «ni practicar adivinación, brujería o hechicería; ni hacer conjuros, servir de médium espiritista o consultar a los muertos» (Deuteronomio 18:10-11). Además, advierte sobre las consecuencias.

Como hija de Dios, mi deber es orientarte a que si crees que eso que haces es bueno, debes saber que no está bien y te lo dijo con conocimiento de causa.

Si quieres estar en paz con Dios y a cuentas con Él, no debes seguir haciendo este tipo de actos deshonrosos para Dios.

Así que te invito a que hoy mismo renuncies y le pidas perdón a Dios. No te maldigas ni te contamines consultando estos medios, ya que son abominación para el Señor.

Descansa en Dios y pídele que te guíe en tu vida, paso a paso, y sé obediente a su Palabra. De esa manera, tu vida estará realmente segura en Dios. Recuerda, tu vida está en manos de tu Creador.

Un Día a la Vez Copyright © by Claudia Pinzón.

Standing Strong Through the Storm - THE ROAD TO CALVARY

They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the king of Israel!” 

There were two crowds who greeted Jesus on that first Palm Sunday. The first crowd were Passover celebrators who came out from Jerusalem to meet Jesus as he approached from Bethany (John 12:12). The second crowd was made up of those accompanying Him from Bethany who had witnessed the recent miraculous resurrection of Lazarus (John 12:17). Both crowds loudly proclaimed praises to Jesus as he rode into town on a donkey on the road leading Him to Calvary.

John’s account of this day also indicates there were two types of responses to Jesus as he rode into Jerusalem. One outspoken group “continued to spread the word” about Jesus causing many people to look for Him. It even caused the Pharisees to say, “Look how the whole world has gone after him” (John 12:19).

A second group believed in Jesus but would not publicly confess their faith because of fear of losing their status in the local synagogue. They loved praise from men more than praise from God, John concluded (John 12:42-43).

Palm Sunday is thus a challenge to us about how outspoken or not we are about King Jesus. Do we continue to loudly proclaim Him as our King or are we so fearful of consequences that we hold back and hesitate, losing every opportunity to make Him known.

A pastor friend of Rev. Joseph Tson in Romania was told by an interrogating officer, “We know that Mr Tson would love to be a martyr, but we are not so foolish as to fulfill his wish.”

Pastor Tson said:
Now that I had placed my life on the altar and decided I was ready to die for the Gospel, they were telling me they would not kill me. I could go wherever I wanted in the country and preach whatever I wanted knowing I was safe. As long as I tried to save my life, I was losing it. Now that I was willing to lose it, I found it…
Jesus taught us long ago: with Him, the road down leads upward. With Him, the path of suffering ends in victory. The road to Calvary does not stop until resurrection. 

RESPONSE: Today I commit to joining the group of disciples who “continue to spread the word.”

PRAYER: Lord, help me walk the Calvary road with You right through to resurrection!

LHM Daily Devotion - "A Crumbling Rock"

Jesus predicted Judas' betrayal. Now He turns to Peter, whose name means...

Lenten Devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries

"A Crumbling Rock"

April 2, 2017

(Jesus said) "Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat" (Luke 22:31, ESV).

Read Luke 22:31-34

Jesus predicted Judas' betrayal. Now He turns to Peter, whose name means rock. But this time Jesus doesn't call him "Peter"; instead, He repeats his name, "Simon, Simon," to show His deep concern.

Jesus draws back the spiritual curtain to expose the devil, who stands behind all that Jesus will soon suffer: Judas' betrayal, Peter's denial, the murderous vote of the Jewish leaders, the cowardice of the Roman governor, and the cruelty of the Roman soldiers. In Peter's case Satan demanded that God hand him over to be crushed and sifted. But where Satan demands, Jesus prays. He tells Peter "I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail."

Peter's faith will be sorely tried in the hours to come, but Jesus makes a bold and comforting prophesy, "When you have turned again, strengthen your brothers." Peter's pride and self-confidence will be crushed and sifted like wheat, but the Holy Spirit will safeguard his faith to keep it from failing.

Jesus speaks of the future; Simon speaks of the present. He is proud and confident that he will not fail. He is ready to go with Jesus to prison or even to death. So Jesus explicitly predicts his coming denials: "I tell you, Peter, the rooster will not crow this day, until you deny three times that you know Me."

The Son of God's prophetic word trumps Peter's confident self-assurance. But it will take the rooster's crow and a telling look from Jesus to convince Peter of that fact-and to recall him to repentance, the first step to forgiveness and restoration.

THE PRAYER: Lord Jesus, like Peter sometimes I'm confident in my strength and abilities. At other times I'm utterly defeated. Forgive my sins and fill me with Your Spirit, that I may walk in Your great strength. Amen

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Devociones de Cuaresma - Todopoderso

Devociones de Cuaresma  2017


02 de Abril de 2017

Abrahán sabía que Dios tiene poder incluso para levantar a los muertos. Hebreos 11:19, RVC (Génesis 22:1-14)

Cuando releo en Génesis la historia de cuando Abrahán fue puesto a prueba, mis ojos vuelven una y otra vez al versículo 13: "Abrahán levantó entonces los ojos..." No me concentro tanto ahora en lo extraño del pedido de Dios, ni en cómo Dios cambió de idea, por decirlo así, cuando al punto del sacrificio, detuvo la mano de Abrahán. Me concentro en la actitud obediente de Abrahán y en su acción de levantar la vista.

Ante las extrañas pruebas que Dios pone delante de mí, no siempre aprendo a mirar hacia arriba. Después que miramos hacia arriba, hacia la cruz de donde cuelga Jesús, estamos llamados a mirar hacia abajo, a la tumba vacía, y a sumarnos a la fe de Abrahán que "sabía que Dios tiene poder incluso para levantar muertos" (Hebreos 11:19).

¿Cómo supo Abrahán semejante cosa, si nunca había visto un milagro de esas características? A decir verdad, Abrahán y Sara, "estaban muertos" para tener hijos. Sin embargo, Dios los capacitó para que pudieran tener descendencia. Abrahán experimentó un poco del poder de Dios, y eso le alcanzó para que Dios fuera ahora considerado todopoderoso.

Lo importante es que, una y otra vez, ante todas las circunstancias de la vida, ante todas las pruebas extrañas por las que nos toca pasar, levantemos los ojos. Abrahán encontró el carnero para el sacrificio y nosotros, al levantar la vista, encontramos a Jesús ofrecido en nuestro lugar para que sigamos vivos mediante el perdón de los pecados y pasemos a la vida eterna gracias a su todopoderosa resurrección. ¿Cómo provee el Dios todopoderoso la salida a nuestras aflicciones? Dejemos que nos sorprenda en su sabiduría. Nosotros obedezcamos y miremos hacia arriba. Dios es fiel.

Gracias, Padre, por tu fidelidad a tus promesas. Sabemos que las cumples. Ayúdanos a mirar hacia arriba, a tu trono de gracia. Amén

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Our Daily Bread - Behind the Scenes

Read: Daniel 10:1–14 | Bible in a Year: Judges 16–18; Luke 7:1–30

Your words were heard, and I have come in response to them. Daniel 10:12

My daughter sent a text message to a friend, in hopes of having a question answered quickly. Her phone’s messaging service showed that the recipient had read the message, so she waited anxiously for a reply. Mere moments passed, yet she grew frustrated, groaning her annoyance at the delay. Irritation eroded into worry; she wondered whether the lack of response meant there was a problem between them. Eventually a reply came and my daughter was relieved to see their relationship was fine. Her friend had simply been sorting out the details needed to answer the question.

The Old Testament prophet Daniel also anxiously awaited a reply. After receiving a frightening vision of great war, Daniel fasted and sought God through humble prayer (10:3, 12). For three weeks, he received no reply (vv. 2, 13). Finally, an angel arrived and assured Daniel his prayers had been heard “since the first day.” In the meantime, the angel had been battling on behalf of those prayers. Though Daniel didn’t know it at first, God was at work during each of the twenty-one days that elapsed between his first prayer and the angel’s coming.

The confidence that God hears our prayers can cause us to become anxious when His reply doesn’t come when we want it to. We are prone to wonder whether He cares. Yet Daniel’s experience reminds us that God is at work on behalf of those He loves even when it isn’t obvious to us.

Lord, help me to trust Your care for me even when I can’t see it.

Read more at Why Doesn't God Answer Me?

God is always at work on behalf of His people.

© 2017 Our Daily Bread Ministries

Lời Sống Hằng Ngày - Hậu Trường
Đọc: Đa-ni-ên 10:1-14 | Đọc Kinh Thánh suốt năm: Các quan xét 16-18; Lu-ca 7:1-30

Ngài đã nghe những lời của ngươi, và chính vì những lời ấy mà ta đã đến. Đa-ni-ên 10:12

Con gái tôi gửi tin nhắn cho một người bạn, với hy vọng bạn sẽ sớm trả lời. Dịch vụ tin nhắn điện thoại cho biết người nhận đã đọc tin nhắn, vì thế con bé hồi hộp chờ hồi âm. Mới được một lúc, con bé nản chí, bực bội cằn nhằn vì bạn chậm trả lời. Sự giận dỗi chuyển dần sang lo lắng; con bé tự hỏi việc chưa trả lời phải chăng có nghĩa là giữa hai đứa có vấn đề gì chăng. Cuối cùng thì bạn nó cũng trả lời và con gái tôi nhẹ cả người khi thấy mối quan hệ giữa hai đứa vẫn ổn. Chỉ là bạn con bé cần xem lại chi tiết rồi mới trả lời câu hỏi.

Vị tiên tri thời Cựu Ước là Đa-ni-ên cũng chờ đợi câu trả lời trong lo lắng. Sau khi nhận được một khải tượng đầy khiếp sợ về một cuộc chiến lớn, Đa-ni-ên đã kiêng ăn và tìm kiếm Chúa bằng sự hạ mình cầu nguyện (10:3, 12). Trong suốt ba tuần, ông không hề nhận được câu trả lời (c.2, 13). Cuối cùng, một thiên sứ đã đến và quả quyết với Đa-ni-ên rằng “ngay từ đầu” Chúa đã nghe lời cầu nguyện của ông. Trong khi chờ đợi, vị thiên sứ đã chiến đấu vì cớ những lời cầu nguyện ấy. Mặc dù ban đầu Đa-ni-ên không biết điều đó, nhưng Chúa đã hành động từng ngày suốt 21 ngày từ lúc ông mới cầu nguyện cho tới khi thiên sứ đến.

Vì tin chắc Chúa sẽ nghe lời cầu nguyện của mình (Thi. 40:1) nên khi Ngài không trả lời trong thời điểm mình mong muốn, chúng ta thường lo lắng. Chúng ta có khuynh hướng tự hỏi liệu Chúa có quan tâm không. Tuy nhiên, kinh nghiệm của Đa-ni-ên nhắc chúng ta rằng Chúa hành động vì những người Ngài yêu ngay cả khi chúng ta không thấy rõ điều đó.

Lạy Chúa, xin giúp con tin rằng Ngài luôn quan tâm chăm sóc con ngay cả khi con không nhìn thấy điều đó.

Đức Chúa Trời luôn hành động vì cớ người thuộc về Ngài.

© 2017 Lời Sống Hằng Ngày

Nuestro Pan Diario - Detrás de escena
Leer: Daniel 10:1-14 | La Biblia en un año: Jueces 16–18; Lucas 7:1-30

… fueron oídas tus palabras; y a causa de tus palabras yo he venido (v. 12).

Mi hija le envió un mensaje de texto a una amiga, esperando que le respondiera pronto. Apenas momentos después, empezó a disgustarse y a quejarse molesta por la demora. La irritación dio lugar a la preocupación, y mi hija se preguntó si la falta de respuesta indicaría un problema entre ella y su amiga. Al rato, llegó la respuesta, y mi hija se sintió aliviada. Simplemente, su amiga había estado resolviendo los detalles necesarios para responder.

El profeta Daniel también esperaba con ansias una respuesta. Después de recibir una visión espantosa de una gran guerra, ayunó y buscó a Dios en humilde oración (10:3, 12). Durante tres semanas, no hubo respuesta (vv. 2, 13). Por fin, apareció un ángel y le aseguró que sus oraciones habían sido escuchadas «desde el primer día». Desde entonces, el ángel había estado batallando a favor de esas oraciones. Aunque Daniel no lo sabía, Dios había estado obrando cada día desde su primera oración hasta la llegada del ángel.

Saber que Dios oye nuestras oraciones (Salmo 40:1) puede ponernos ansiosos si su respuesta no llega rápido. Solemos preguntarnos si le importará lo que nos pasa. Sin embargo, la experiencia de Daniel nos recuerda que Dios obra a favor de aquellos que ama, aunque no podamos verlo.

Señor, ayúdame a confiar en tu cuidado por mí aunque no pueda verlo.

Dios siempre está obrando a favor de su pueblo.

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Lesen: Daniel 10,1-14 | Die Bibel In Einem Jahr: Richter 16–18; Lukas 7,1-30

Deine Worte [wurden] erhört, und ich wollte kommen um deiner Worte willen. Daniel 10,12

Meine Tochter hatte eine SMS verschickt und wartete auf Antwort. Ihr Handy zeigte an, dass die Empfängerin die Nachricht gelesen hatte. Eigentlich waren erst ein paar Minuten verstrichen, aber schon beklagte sie sich über die ausbleibende Reaktion. Aus dem Ärger wurde Sorge. Hatte die Freundin etwa ein Problem mit ihr und meldete sich deshalb nicht? Schließlich kam die Antwort und alles war gut. Die Freundin hatte einfach noch ein paar Dinge abklären müssen, bevor sie antworten konnte.

Der Prophet Daniel wartete auch auf eine Antwort. Nachdem er eine Vision von einem großen Krieg gehabt hatte, fastete er und betete zu Gott (10,3.12). Drei Wochen lang geschah nichts (V.2.13). Schließlich kam ein Engel und versicherte ihm, dass seine Gebete „von dem ersten Tage an“ erhört worden seien. Aber der Engel hatte wegen dieser Gebete drei Wochen lang kämpfen müssen. Gott war in den einundzwanzig Tagen zwischen dem ersten Gebet und der Ankunft des Engels nicht untätig gewesen, auch wenn Daniel davon nichts gewusst hatte.

Die Zuversicht, dass Gott unsere Gebete erhört (Ps. 40,2), kann ins Wanken kommen, wenn die Antwort nicht dann eintrifft, wenn wir es erwarten. Dann fragen wir uns, ob er sich überhaupt um uns kümmert. Doch was Daniel erlebt hat, zeigt uns, dass Gott für seine Kinder am Werk ist, auch wenn wir es nicht sehen.

Herr, lass mich dir vertrauen, auch wenn ich deine Hilfe nicht sehe.

Mehr dazu in „Wenn Gott Gebete nicht erhört“

Gott ist niemals untätig.

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Lisez : Daniel 10.1‑14 | La Bible en un an : JUGES 16 – 18 et LUC 7.1‑30

Tes paroles ont été entendues, et c'est à cause de tes paroles que je viens. V.12

Ma fille a envoyé un texto à une amie dans l’espoir de recevoir rapidement la réponse à une question. Son service de messagerie lui a signalé que son message avait été lu, si bien qu’elle a attendu d’y recevoir une réponse. Au bout de quelques instants à peine, ma fille rechignait déjà. Puis sa contrariété s’est changée en inquiétude, car elle s’est mise à se demander si ce retard signifiait que leur relation s’était détériorée. Une réponse a fini par lui parvenir, et ma fille a alors pu constater à son grand soulagement que leur relation était intacte. Son amie avait tout simplement dû faire quelques recherches pour bien répondre à sa question.

Le prophète Daniel a lui aussi attendu impatiemment une réponse. Après avoir reçu la vision terrifiante d’une grande guerre, il a jeûné et cherché la face de Dieu en priant avec humilité (10.3,12). Pendant trois semaines, il n’a reçu aucune réponse (V. 2,13). Puis un ange lui est apparu et lui a assuré que ses prières avaient été entendues « dès le premier jour ». C’est qu’entre‑temps, l’ange avait combattu selon elles. Même si Daniel l’ignorait, Dieu n’avait cessé d’oeuvrer durant les vingt et un jours qui s’étaient écoulés entre la première prière du prophète et l’arrivée de l’ange.

Même en sachant que Dieu entend nos prières (PS 40.1), notre tendance à douter de son amour nous rend craintifs quand la réponse tarde. Or, le vécu de Daniel nous rappelle que Dieu oeuvre néanmoins sans relâche pour ceux qu’il aime, bien qu’à leur insu.

Dieu est toujours à l’oeuvre en faveur de son peuple.

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Читати: Даниїла 10:1-14 | Біблія за рік: Суддів 16–18 ; Луки 7:1-30

Були почуті слова твої, і я прийшов ради твоїх слів. — Даниїла 10:12

Якось моя донька відіслала своїй подрузі текстове повідомлення, очікуючи на швидку відповідь. Спеціальна функція в її телефоні показала, що текст прочитали, і нетерпіння доньки лише зросло. Проминуло кілька секунд, але відповіді все ще не було. Це засмутило доньку. Роздратування швидко перетворилось на занепокоєння: чи між ними не зіпсувались стосунки, що немає відповіді? Нарешті відповідь прийшла, і моя донька з великим полегшенням побачила, що з їхньою дружбою все гаразд. Просто її подрузі потрібно було для відповіді з’ясувати деякі деталі.

Пророк Даниїл у свій час теж занепокоєно чекав на відповідь. Після тривожного видіння він постив і звертався у молитві до Бога (Дан. 10:3, 12). Але відповіді не було на протязі трьох тижнів (Дан. 10:2, 13). Нарешті з’явився ангел і запевнив Даниїла, що його молитви були почуті ще “від першого дня”. Але весь той час ангел вів війну з ворогом “ради слів” пророка (Дан. 10:12). Даниїл не знав, що Бог працював щодня всі ті три тижні.

Наша щира віра в те, що Бог чує наші молитви (Пс. 39:1), може стати причиною занепокоєння і розчарування, якщо Бог не відповідає тоді, коли нам хочеться. Проте цей випадок у житті Даниїла нагадує нам, що Бог завжди звершує труд заради блага тих, кого Він полюбив.

Господи, допоможи мені не сумніватись у Твоїй турботі, навіть коли я не бачу її.

Бог завжди працює заради блага Своїх дітей.

© 2017 Хліб Наш Насущній

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Слова твои услышаны, и я пришел... по словам твоим. — Даниил 10:12

Моя дочь послала текстовое сообщение подруге, требующее быстрого ответа. Мобильный оператор подтвердил, что сообщение прочитано, и она с нетерпением поглядывала на экран. Шли минуты, беспокойство росло. Не могло ли молчание подруги означать, что она на что-то обиделась? Наконец сообщение пришло, и моя дочь убедилась, что между ними все в порядке. Подруга просто собирала сведения, необходимые для ответа.

Ветхозаветный пророк Даниил также с нетерпением ожидал ответа. Получив пугающее видение о великой войне, он постился и взывал к Богу в сокрушенной молитве (Дан. 10:3, 12). Три недели Бог молчал (Дан. 10:2, 13). Наконец появился ангел, который и заверил Даниила, что его молитвы были услышаны и он в тот же день хотел отправиться к нему. Однако ангела задержала битва в духовном мире, имеющая отношение к этим молитвам. Хотя Даниил сначала ничего не знал, Бог все это время совершал Свой труд.

Наша вера в то, что Бог слышит наши молитвы (Пс. 39:2), может поколебаться, когда ответ не приходит в скором времени. Мы начинаем сомневаться в Божьей заботе. Однако опыт Даниила напоминает, что Бог неусыпно заботится о тех, Кого любит, даже если они этого не видят.

Господь, помоги мне верить в Твою заботу, даже если я ее не вижу.

Бог всегда совершает труд на благо Своего народа.

© 2017 Хлеб Наш Насущный