I finished reading Daniel this morning.
I say Daniel. You say, 'Lions' or, 'Fiery furnace'. If you know the book well, you might say, 'Writing on the wall' or, 'one like a son of man'.
But keep going. Get to chapter 11, and you'll find a very long description of the complexity of human conflict: wars, alliances, sieges, deceit, plunder, plots... Historians and commentators have tried to tie the descriptions to historical events, and their reconstructions seem plausible. But this is God's word, not a history text book.
So keep going - what a relief to reach chapter 12! A relief because there's an end - and I don't mean an end to the book of Daniel! There's an end to the war and conflict. There's deliverance for God's people. There's justice in the resurrection, 'many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake: some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.' (Dan 12:2).
And we remember Jesus' own words, 'And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are but the beginning of the birth pains.' (Mt 24:6-8. See also Romans 8). Perhaps Jesus could have included pandemics...
Global happenings are immensely complex and confusing. Especially when they knock at our own doors. They always have been, and will be until the End. And so, where does my work, pleasure, leisure or church fit in? Where do my relationships fit in? What's their place? What's their significance? What's their end?
What's my end?
"Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect." Mt 24:44
We hope and pray that the SPLOG (St Peter's blog) will provide encouragement & spiritual food during the coronavirus crisis. It's mainly for the St Peter's church family, but everyone's welcome to read it!