Daniel 2:19-23 "That night the answer to the mystery was given to Daniel in a vision. Daniel blessed the God of heaven, saying,
“Blessed be the name of God,
forever and ever.
He knows all, does all:
He changes the seasons and guides history,
He raises up kings and also brings them down,
he provides both intelligence and discernment,
He opens up the depths, tells secrets,
sees in the dark—light spills out of him!
God of all my ancestors, all thanks! all praise!" The Message
Reflection. With so much going on in the world; news of storms, floods, droughts, and the threat of war, even on a Sunday it is easy to loose sight of the amazing truth that God is sovereign. This passage reminds us that intelligence and discernment are God-given gifts. We can be hopeful and prayerful that God has given these gifts to those in power. God is the one from whom wisdom and knowledge derive.
Jesus said, in John 14, that we need not let our hearts be troubled. He reminded his disciples that they believe in God the Father, and then invited them to believe and trust in Him. That invitation holds true for us this very day. Jesus promised a supernatural peace; his peace. This is the peace which passes human understanding.
Praise. Lord God Almighty, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, which worship and adore You. We give you thanks and praise for all you are and for all you do for us. Blessed be the name of the Lord. Amen.