Summary: Learning how you got to where you are and what to do to return back to God. 1)Read Dan. 9:2 2)Realize Dan. 9:2-5, 20 3)Repent Dan. 9:7-9 4)Restore Dan. 9:18-19
Have you ever realized you were lost on a road trip? Most of us have at one point or another and so we carry atlases and road maps to help us along on our journeys. Sometimes we just aren’t paying attention to the signs on the road and miss a turn and in other cases we take the wrong detour. Someone I know very closely has driven on the opposite side of traffic. I once watched a person back up an on ramp to a highway. I have also seen someone drive through a turn lane in the wrong direction. This freaked me out because I was taking that route next. Whatever excuse we make for our bad driving decisions, it is still our fault and we must face the consequences of our actions such as a ticket, a wreck, or just lost time.
Sometimes we wonder where we are in our lives as well. Some of you have already raised children and now have grandchildren. Some of you are running through the gauntlet known as parenthood and others yet still are just trying to finish school. Have you asked yourself the questions “Where am I in life? What am I doing here? How did I get to such a place in my life?” We get bombarded each week by the severe demands on our time and energy with work, school, children, and church. In between navigating through all of this we have to find time to spend with our spouse and make sure our homes are safe, clean, and secure for our families. Don’t forget all the disasters that can occur in between to make things more complicated. A family member goes to the hospital or you yourself become sick and unable to use your time how you would like. Where are you in life today? Are you using your time or is your time using you? Do you have any control over your life or is it running you to death? Do you fit God in that time constrained world of yours? He really belongs first you know.
Daniel may have a lesson or two to be learned about placing ourselves in God’s time stream instead of our own. I think it is time we found out where we really are in life and realize that there probably has to be some change. Daniel 9 is basically a prayer from Daniel to God about the condition of himself and the Jewish people of Israel who had been deported to Babylon. We are in much the same boat as those men and women. The boat, known as First Christian Church of Camp Point, needs a wake up call to see where it is headed, realize that it is the wrong direction, turn around, and head the right way. We must turn our lives around. Just as if we were traveling down the highway, we will need four tools to help us make it safely to our destination; 1) we need a map (to read), 2) we need to understand the map, 3) we need to be able to correct ourselves according to the map, and 4) we need to be able to get back on track.
READ – Daniel 9:2
“In the first year of Darius the son of Ahasuerus, of the lineage of the Medes, who was made king over the realm of the Chaldeans— in the first year of his reign I, Daniel, understood by the books the number of the years specified by the word of the LORD through Jeremiah the prophet, that He would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem.” - New King James Version (NKJV)