Verse of the Day

Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever. —Daniel 12:3

Thoughts on Today’s Verse…

God promised a sifting between the righteous and the unrighteous both in this life and before the life to come. Jesus repeated the same assurance of such a sifting in his parables. For God’s people, however, promises to sift — to judge between righteous and unrighteous — are not fearful warnings. Instead, they are words of promise. Those who have wisely honored and lived for God and led others to him will shine brilliantly for all to see, and we will twinkle like stars in their Father’s eyes… forever!


My Prayer…

Loving God, thank you for saving me by your grace and kindness. Father, sometimes I get frustrated when I see the wicked prosper while your loyal servants are maligned and ridiculed for their character. I’m thankful that you will judge us based on your incredible grace and your standard of righteousness! I’m also grateful you will bring justice for those who love you and who are enduring hardship, danger, and ridicule because of their faith. Please be with them, wherever they may be, and give them strength to persevere until that day of sifting arrives with glory. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

Bible References

And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.

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  1. God’s great are those who win others to Christ. They are those that point “many” to Jesus. Have we examined our life to determine whether we will shine like a star in heaven? Php 2:14-17, Live a cheerful life, without complaining or division among yourselves. For then you will be seen as innocent, faultless, and pure children of God, even though you live in the midst of a brutal and perverse culture. For you will appear among them as shining lights in the universe, offering them the words of eternal life. I haven’t labored among you for nothing, for your lives are the fruit of my ministry and will be my glorious boast at the unveiling of Christ!

  2. The angel then told Daniel: “And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth [those already dead] shall awake, some to everlasting life, some to shame and everlasting contempt [those who have rejected God and turned their backs on Him]” (Daniel 12:2). These awakenings refer to resurrections—God’s process of bringing people who are dead back to life.
    Then the angel revealed: “Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the firmament, and those who turn many to righteousness like the stars forever and ever” (verse 3). These people are the ones who will be part of the first resurrection.

    The passage discusses the topic of resurrections and how God brings people who are dead back to life. Those in the first resurrection will be changed into spirit and rise from their graves to meet Christ in the air when He returns to earth. Saints who are changed into immortal beings in the first resurrection will rule the earth with Christ for 1,000 years. The “wise” are those living at the end of the age who humbly obey God’s commands, and they will understand God’s promises.

    Various verses from the Bible that relate to the topic of resurrection and wisdom.
    Matthew 13:43
    Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear.

    Proverbs 3:35
    The wise will inherit honor, but fools are held up to shame.

    Proverbs 4:18
    The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining brighter and brighter until midday.

    Proverbs 11:30
    The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who wins souls is wise.

    Dear God, continue to help me know your word to gain wisdom, knowledge, and understanding and to live righteously so that I may inherit, to rise, and be with you in eternity. Amen.

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