Sunday School Perspective
Strength When You Need It Most
by Minnie Malone Cook
The study of the lesson is in the book of 1 Timothy Chapter 6: Verses 11-21 and it offers insight and reassurance that with God assistance Daniel recovered and was able to become strong in the mist of pressure.
Key Verse: “And said, O man greatly beloved, fear not: peace be unto thee, be strong, yea, be strong. And when he had spoken unto me, I was strengthened, and said, Let my lord speak; for thou hast strengthened me.” Daniel 10:19, KJV: This verse offers
The lesson topic for Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018 is “Strength When You Need It Most” and it brings awareness and a positive outlook when opposition arises.
The objective for students and readers is to develop a personal relationship with God by praying often and remain thankful for blessings.
A Messenger (Daniel 10:10-12)
The lesson unfolds as Daniel awakens after being touched in a manner that causes him to be fearful. The angel urges him to fear not and assured him that his prayers were heard revealing understanding and inner strength. It is significant that the angle has been delayed because of an evil spiritual body. “And, behold, an hand touched me, which set me upon my knees and upon the palms of my hands. And he said unto me, O Daniel, a man greatly beloved, understand the words that I speak unto thee, and stand upright: for unto thee am I now sent. And when he had spoken this word unto me, I stood trembling. Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words.” (Verses 10-12)
Overcoming Resistance (Daniel 10:13-15)
It is significant in these verses that the delay of the angel was caused by the prince of the kingdom of Persia. Yes he was delayed, which was insignificant, because he did arrive in God’s timeline. The angel went on to give Daniel the good news that God loved him. His words encouraged Daniel so that he would understand what was ahead for the Jews. Hearing this revelation Daniel dropped his eyes to the ground and became dumb. “But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia. Now I am come to make thee understand what shall befall thy people in the latter days: for yet the vision is for many days. And when he had spoken such words unto me, I set my face toward the ground, and I became dumb.” (Verses 13-15)
God Honors Faith (Daniel 10:16-19)
It is significant in these verses that God honors Daniel by touching his lips and giving him power to speak. God enabled Daniel to regain strength and be strong. God rewards ardent and faithful prayers and he supplies needs, strength and peace to all those that seek Him. “And, behold, one like the similitude of the sons of men touched my lips: then I opened my mouth, and spake, and said unto him that stood before me, O my Lord, by the vision my sorrows are turned upon me, and I have retained no strength. For how can the servant of this my lord talk with this my lord? for as for me, straightway there remained no strength in me, neither is there breath left in me. Then there came again and touched me one like the appearance of a man, and he strengthened me, And said, O man greatly beloved, fear not: peace be unto thee, be strong, yea, be strong. And when he had spoken unto me, I was strengthened, and said, Let my lord speak; for thou hast strengthened me.” (Verses 16-19)
PRAISE THE LORD.