What I Read Today;
1 Corinthians 14; Mark 13; Daniel 1-2; Proverbs 5-6; 2 Chronicles 21-22; Numbers 31
Daniel is used by many writers in the context of end times prophesy. His prediction of the three kingdoms that would follow Babylon (Persia, Greece, and Rome) and then the coming of Christ’s kingdom is well documented. His other prophecies have been debated by scholars since they were written.
I think we should talk more about Daniels’s incredible faith. Here he is, a young man who is a prisoner in a foreign country. What the Babylonians are doing to him would be classified as “re-education” by us today. The Babylonians have changed his name. They are now attempting to change his understanding of the world. I’m sure that included the worship of the Babylonian gods.
Yet Daniel kept hold of his faith. He never wavered. In the opening chapter, as a young man, Daniel refuses to eat the king’s rations. Instead, he asks for vegetables and water. It sounds like a minor issue. But in effect, he is defying the orders King Nebuchadnezzar. When he stands in front of the King, he doesn’t praise the Babylonian gods, he proclaims the Gospel to the King of Babylon. He tells him about the one true God.
Daniel had incredible courage. He had amazing faith. In spite of what the Babylonians were doing, Daniel never wavered in his trust of God. Daniel could have blamed God for his captivity. He could have fallen into despair. Yet Daniel knew that God had put him in Babylon to spread the good news.
No matter where we are or what we are doing, God is going to present us with opportunities to live out our faith. Will we be like Daniel? Will we have the courage to proclaim the good news?