August 11, 2022

The Ancient of Days

Daily Devotional2 Minutes

“The Ancient of Days took His seat … His throne was ablaze with flames, its wheels were a burning fire. A river of fire was flowing and coming out from before Him … and the books were opened.” – Daniel 7:9-10 NASB

God gave Daniel a dream about a time in the future of turmoil and strife. Daniel saw God in His glory, sitting on a throne, described as “the Ancient of Days.” This title and picture put everything in perspective.

The title reminds us that God is beyond time. He is never worried or caught up in the world’s troubles. He is the perfect judge, always pure, holy, and objective, and He always brings an eternal perspective to every situation.

Daniel saw His throne “ablaze with flames” and “a river of fire was flowing and coming out from before Him.” This was a place of absolute purity where sin cannot be tolerated. Throngs of people surrounded the throne. As they stood before Him, “the books were opened.” These books were the history of what these people had done, not just some things but everything.

Think about this picture. God is on the throne. He is to be worshiped and praised! He is the “Ancient of Days.” He is completely objective, beyond time, and holy. He knows everything you have said and done.

Humble yourself and seek Him. Ask Him to burn away any sin. Commit yourself to serve Him. Fill your life with His Word. Surrender to His Spirit. Ask Him to fill you with His miracle-working power. Reach out to others, so they might be ready when the books on their lives are opened.

Reflection Question: What will you hear when God opens the book of your earthly deeds?

Father, I humble myself before You. Purify me. Thank You for Your perspective on my life. Use me to spread the Gospel. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Today's Bible Reading
Daniel 7