Greatly Loved

Hi there dear readers,

It seems in a time of scarcity socially and financially, there is abundance of time. During this pandemic, I find more time on my hands than before, leaving time to write, read and reflect.

While coming across a page of scripture from The I Am Book, my eyes lingered on this verse. Daniel 10:19, “And he said, ‘O man greatly loved, fear not, peace be with you. Be strong and of good courage,’ and as he spoke to me, I was strengthened and said, ‘Let my Lord speak for you have strengthened me.”

Right before this verse Daniel sees a terrifying vision. I imagine him, on his knees before the angel of God, pouring his heart out about all he saw. I then imagine Daniel coming off his knees, leaning back when he hears, “Man greatly loved, fear not, peace be with you. Be strong and of good courage.” Matthew Poole’s Commentary says, “The Lord is gracious and compassionate towards his saints under their infirmities.”

I imagine Daniel rising from the floor, filled with strength and courage. “God himself speaks peace, and that peace, that joy of the Lord, will be strength,” says the Matthew Henry Commentary. When the angel of God spoke, God’s strength and courage went into Daniel. The very words from God strengthened Daniel, leading him to say, “Let my Lord speak, for you have strengthened me.”

“The hand of God’s power going along with the word of his grace is alone powerful to heal all our grievances, and to rectify whatever is out of order in us. One touch from heaven brings us to our knees, sets us on our feet, opens our lips, and strengthens us; for it is God that works on us, and works in us,” says Matthew Henry.

God comes down from heaven, giving His presence to us to embrace in the day to day. He invites us to lean back into who He is, falling again and again into His loving arms as He says “Fear not, peace be with you. Be strong and of good courage.” And as He speaks, we will be strengthened always.

I love you greatly

That will never change

I love you greatly

Now and always

Grace and peace to you,

Danielle

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