Daniel Week Two, Day Four Read Daniel 2:36-44 Have you ever thought about how much of what you stress about won’t really matter in the future? My wife and I literally get into arguments over what we are going to have for dinner on any given night. Sure, our choices of what and where we eat affect our bank account and our health, but, in the long run, whether we throw something on the grill or pick something up on the way home isn’t going to matter a whole lot after the meal is done. A lot of our lives are spent fretting over things that really aren’t all that big of a deal. In this passage, Daniel interprets the king’s dream about a giant statue. Daniel explains that the different parts of the statue represents different kingdoms. However, Daniel points out that, during that time, God will set up a different kind of kingdom. This kingdom will never be destroyed, and it will never be left to someone else like all the other kingdoms. This kingdom of God, Daniel says will not only crush the other kingdoms, but it will also endure forever. The king’s dream points out that God is building something completely different than what most of us are trying to build in this world. While we are busy trying to build mini empires for ourselves that will ultimately one day either disappear or be left to someone else, God is building a kingdom that will last for all eternity. It’s easy to get caught up with things that seem important in the moment. But, how much of what we stress over every day will be truly important next week, next month, or even next year? What about ten years down the road. There are things that truly matter in life, but, most of the time, we are so fixated on things that will perish with this life that we miss out on being part of building the kingdom that isn’t of this world. Most of us are trying to store up treasure on earth where Jesus says “moths and vermin destroy and thieves break in and steal.” Instead, it would be better for us to store up treasures in heaven just as Jesus has told us to do. In this day and age, it’s easy to get distracted from the things that are truly important and will matter beyond the present moment. Don’t miss out on being a part of preparing God’s incredible kingdom that will endure forever because you’re worried about building a mini empire that will never last. REFLECT: What are some things that really aren’t all that important that you find yourself fretting over? Why do you think we do this? What are some things you think God would rather you focus on? PRAY: As you pray today, spend some time simply praising God for being the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Praise Him for how big and powerful but loving and merciful He is. Ask Him to help you be a part of building His eternal kingdom. // TWO-A-DAYS // GO A LITTLE FARTHER WITH YOUR DAILY DEVOTIONS // Go through these questions with your spouse, kids, or friend, or you can even journal about the answers to these questions:

  1. What was the best part of your day?
  2. What was the toughest part of your day?
  3. Where did you mess up today?
  4. Where did you see God today?
READ THROUGH THE NEW TESTAMENT: Today’s Reading: Luke 12]]>