Prophet Daniel, while encouraging the faithful said: ‘’…the people who know their God shall be strong and carry out great exploits’’ (Daniel 11:32).
This is a very popular bible passage and one of my favorites because it proves that knowing God is profitable. And we can appreciate it a lot better by breaking it into three parts and examining each independently. The parts I am suggesting here are Being Strong, Carrying out Great Exploits and Knowing God in that order.
1. Being Strong. On becoming born again, I developed immense strength which propelled me to start taking part in several Christian activities. I started witnessing to people in drama, speaking engagements, talk shows, televangelism, creative writings and designs, mentoring, etc. These were things I would have been too busy, too unconcerned, too hesitant, and too impatient to embrace under normal circumstances. But, I took them on with dedication almost round the clock yet; I had ample strength left to attend to my patients the way I should. I later discovered that I was not alone in this state; other Christians are likewise affected and I became interested in knowing why. Soon, I found relief in Nehemiah 8:10 which says ‘’…the joy of the Lord is your strength’’ and straightaway, I knew that it is the joy of the Lord within us that makes us so strong. This intensity of joy and strength awaits you today if you covet them.
2. Carrying out Great Exploits. Great exploits by the way, are stunning feats and there are many of them all around us but I found those captured in Mark 16:17-18 most eye catching i.e. casting out demons, speaking in new tongues, overcoming deadly substances/situations and healing the sick. Imagine how useful you can become to this generation if you are able to carry out such great exploits. It is the aforementioned strength that enables us (Christians) to carry them out through Jesus Christ and Apostle Paul confirmed this position in Philippians 4:13 when he said‘’I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me’’. You too can do all things, including carrying out great exploits, through Christ if you wish.
3. Knowing God. Knowing God leads the way to being strong and being able to carry out great exploits (Daniel 11:32) and it is only possible through Jesus Christ (John 14:6). However, one needs to be born again first. How then can one be born again you may wish to ask? Very simple! To begin with, you must confess your sins and then ask Jesus Christ to forgive you and He will (1 John 1:9). Next, invite Him to take over your life as your personal Lord and Savior and again, He will (John 6:37). When this is over and done with then by faith, you are truly born again and well positioned to know God intimately (John 3:3).
Friend, this is another grand opportunity for you to be born again if you are not up till now-please don’t misuse it! And if you are already born again, I rejoice with you heartily. Without doubt, you do possess enormous strength! Therefore as from this moment, go out and carry out great exploits not only for yourself, but for humanity and for God as wel,l and you can be rest assured that your efforts will be adequately rewarded at some point (2 Chronicles 15:7) in Jesus name. Amen.
Jesus is Lord!