September 6, 2012
The last 2 nights I finished up my study in Daniel. 2 verses really stuck out to me.
“Some of the wise will stumble, so that they may be refined, purified and made spotless until the time of the end, for it will still come at the appointed time.” (Dan. 11:35)
I believe that this refers to the end times. But it also applies to us right now. We see wise people stumble all the time. Whether it be falling into sin, giving into fear or doubt and losing faith, or experiencing suffering as Job did. Many of us will stumble. It’s what we do AFTER the fall that matters.
“For though a righteous man falls seven times, he rises again.” (Prov. 24:16)
Any of these experiences will refine us and make us stronger if we will persevere in our faith. We must use these trials as opportunities to strengthen our faith.
It is wisdom that comes from God that distinguishes the wise from the wicked. It is this wisdom that tells us we will rise again.
Daniel 12:10 says, “Many will be purified, made spotless and refined, but the wicked will continue to be wicked. None of the wicked will understand, but those who are wise will understand.”
And the second half of Proverbs 24:16 says “But the wicked will fall by calamity.”
So while the wicked don’t understand why they have fallen, the righteous know that “all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” (Rom. 8:28)
And because we know that, we also know that we will rise again, refined and pure as gold.
“For He knows the way that I take, when He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold.” (Job 23:10)