READ: Daniel 11-12
BACKGROUND: If you have questions about this complex eschatological (end times) text then please post them! I will get back to you.
RE-READ: Read Daniel 12:1-3 again, and read the whole chapter if possible. Lay your watch or phone next to your Bible or computer screen. As you read, consider how this passage affects time, both right now and in the future.
THINK: A great deal has been said and written about the end times – in radio talk shows, best-selling novels, Hollywood blockbusters, and conversations over coffee.
In light of these verses, what are you thinking about the end times? What are you feeling? Does talk like this about the future excite you or scare you?
Focus a few minutes specifically on Daniel 12:1-3. How do we know if we lived wisely? What does it mean to lead others around us to righteousness? What are the implications of these words in your life? Who do you have the opportunity to help get on the right path towards life?
Do you think it’s fair that God gives some people eternal life and banishes others to eternal separation, frustration, and shame? Is he being just when he does that? Why or why not?
PRAY: Tell God how you feel about the future – both your immediate future and the end of the world. Ask him to help you live wisely. Invite God to guide you in helping put others on the right path to life.
LIVE: Live with confidence today, knowing that God has already secured the future and will be victorious.
– Adapted from Eugene Peterson in Solo