This does not happen often but when it does it is exciting.
If last week's phrase which came to me was "The Touch of God", the emphasis this week would be "Stand for God".
Quite recently, when we came to the bread and the wine we read of Elijah, being fed, and that reminds us all that we each need to be fed.
We are aware that God feeds us, in various ways - through bread and wine, and as we read His Holy Word, and it was as I was reading about Daniel that this phrase came to me so clearly that we are called to "Stand for God".
Jesus Christ spoke about us being witnesses for Him, and sometimes that can be very lonely.
Daniel and his three close colleagues knew all about what it meant to be lonely, as they served in a very strange land.
They had been taken off as prisoners with the rest of the Israeli nation to Babylon which is modern day Iraq.
In Daniel Chapter 3, in that book of the Old Testament, we read of three men who refused to compromise and worship an idol, and of course the whole book of Daniel deals with this man of God who refused to give in, and bow down to an idol.
Do take time to read the actual text.
Nebuchadnezzar had a dream, and in his dream he saw a statue and a stone.
He made an image of what he had seen.
These are Daniel's three assistants, but we do not read of Daniel in Chapter 3.
Where is he? When Daniel is gone, will they be able to stand without him? What happens when the teacher goes out of the room? Nebuchadnezzar was a powerful cruel and tyrannical man.
He was the Saddam Hussein of the day.
He was top dog, and now he tries to make himself top god.
Many try to do that when they rise in the business world, and we have witnessed that recently in various banks and corporations.
He has built an image 90 feet high, and nine feet wide.
It would be seen for miles glinting in the sun.
He sends for all the princes and leaders and commands are issued that when the band plays, then down you go and worship the image! You will bow down.
Many who would like to be God would like to see those around them bow down and worship.
They play some music and expect us to bow before them, but the disciple of Jesus Christ will never never do that.
There are times when we have to ask, "What is the music doing to us?" Sandy Shaw