This summer I read the book of Daniel. I had read it before, but for some reason it touched me in a new way this summer. The first half of the book contains many familiar stories like Shadrack, Meshack, and Abednego and Daniel in the lion's den. But the second half is mostly prophecy that Daniel receives from a "messenger of the Lord."
I was struck by these verses from chapter 10, after Daniel sees this messenger and is blown away by his appearance.
"And the man said to me, 'Daniel, you are very precious to God, so listen carefully to what I have to say to you. . . .'" (v. 11, NLT)
"'Don't be afraid,' he said, 'for you are very precious to God. Peace! Be encouraged! Be strong!'" (v. 19, NLT)
These verses have stayed with me all summer, and I just thought I should share them with you today.
You are very precious to God.