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"Lord, you are righteous, but this day we are covered with shame—the
men of Judah and people of Jerusalem and all Israel, both near and
far, in all the countries where you have scattered us because of our
unfaithfulness to you. 8 O LORD, we and our kings, our princes and our fathers are covered with shame because we have sinned against you. 9 The Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against him; 10 we have not obeyed the LORD our God or kept the laws he gave us through his servants the prophets.
details of Daniel's prophetic vision are difficult to unpack and
understand. Even Daniel didn't know what they meant apart from God's
explanation. Daniel did understand, however, that the exile God's
people were experiencing was the result of their unfaithfulness to God.
recognized their sin, rebellion, disobedience, and failure to listen
to the prophets. He knew this was why they were now in ruin and
captivity. He appeals to God's mercy and forgiveness and asks God to
save them that the world might see his loving kindness.
Response and Action:
need to recognize my sin and guard against unfaithfulness. I need to
read and heed the words of Scripture. When I disobey and sin, I must
look to God for mercy and forgiveness. God's saving work in my life is a
hope for me, and a testimony of God's goodness.
God, have mercy on me, a sinner. Help me to live for you and through
you this day in thought word and deed. Help me to turn away from
what is wrong and to do what right. Lead me away from temptation, and
deliver me from evil. Help me to be a good steward of all you have
given me. Grant me the wisdom and the will to guard my heart, feed my
spirit, stimulate my mind, and care for my body. Amen.
Spiritual Formation Verses: Proverbs 9:9-11
9 Instruct a wise man and he will be wiser still; teach a righteous man and he will add to his learning. 10 "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. 11 For through me your days will be many, and years will be added to your life.
Reflection and Confession
by Janet L. Johnson