The Jewish exiles have to make a choice: obey the king or Yahweh. God rewards them for putting their death-defying faith in Him, showing up in a miraculous way.
Rather than placing his trust in a capricious king, Daniel put his confidence in the covenant and his God who came through again in a miraculous way.
The best way to fully understand God as Shepherd-King, and Christ as the Great Shepherd, is to look at shepherding in Ancient Near East.
Knowing God changes our lives, but how we live reveals how we perceive God; it shows if we really believe he is the Great King, the Only God
Why is war still raging? Why is Satan still around? Why are we involved? And what’s Spiritual Warfare got to do with us?
The fire will dim, it’s a given, we’re human. But God is ready and waiting to help bring it to life again, reigniting and stoking the fire.
God brings the heat to the equation, but are we providing enough fuel to keep the fire blazing, or are we starving it of what it needs?
Paul, was transitioned from persecutor to persecuted when God transformed his identity from self-righteous Jew, to Servant of Christ.
Our Father knows we are broken and fallible. And yet, like David, we are anointed for His purposes and pursued with passion.
Secure in our identity of Child of God, we are both blessed and afflicted.