“He was driven from human society, his mind was changed to that of an animal, he lived with the wild donkeys, he was fed grass like oxen, and his body became damp with the dew of the sky, until he came to understand that the most high God rules over human kingdoms, and he appoints over them whomever he wishes.”
Daniel told Belshaazar the meaning of the writing on the wall. Before, he reminded the king of what happened to his father Nebuchadnezzar. He failed to learn!
What will it take for us to understand who God is and how he rules? Does my life reflect his sovereignty. Do I seek his Kingdom first in all things?
#votd #Daniel #sovereignty
“The army was given over, along with the daily sacrifice, in the course of his sinful rebellion. It hurled truth to the ground and enjoyed success.”
Daniel prophesied of the last days, when the temple worship would be desecrated. The verb “hurl” here in context connotes violence and force. At times, sin gains the upper hand.
How is truth cast down today? Am I guilty of doing so? Or, am I a witness to it? Does seeing truth defeated in a situation discourage or dismay me?
#votd #Daniel #truth
“In the days of those kings, the God of the heavens will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed, and this kingdom will not be left to another people. It will crush all these kingdoms and bring them to an end, but will itself endure forever.”
Daniel 2.44 CSB
The prophet foretold the establishment of the church during the power of the Roman Empire. It will outlast every human kingdom, because God has set it up.
In the church, God’s reign is evident. Whoever is in it now will be given entrance to the eternal kingdom. God welcomes all who will come by faith and obedience.
#votd #Daniel #kingdom-of-God
“I am delighted to tell you about the signs and wonders that the most high God has done for me.”
Daniel was a special servant of God for a special time in Israel’s history. God used him in a special way, with visions and revelations. He was delighted to serve God and show him to be the only God.
Daniel’s delight before King Nebuchadnezzar ought to be ours as well before people of the world. How do you feel about evangelism? Are you excited to tell others about what God has done in Christ?
#votd #Daniel #joy #evangelism
“Daniel then spoke to the warden whom the overseer of the court officials had appointed over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah: ‘Please test your servants for ten days by providing us with some vegetables to eat and water to drink.'”
Even in captivity Daniel sought to obey God’s law. The king’s overseer refused his request not to defile himself with the royal food. So he used his wisdom to propose a test to the warden.
Difficult situations do not keep us from the requirement of obedience. Those who seek to obey God at every moment will find his favor.
#votd #Daniel #wisdom #obedience
“Don’t be afraid,” he said, “for you are very precious to God. Peace! Be encouraged! Be strong!” As he spoke these words to me, I suddenly felt stronger and said to him, “Please speak to me, my lord, for you have strengthened me.”
Daniel 10.19 NLT
Did you notice that by speaking, the one who appeared to be a human being, but was not, strengthened Daniel? God’s word strengthens. What else does this verse tell us about God’s dealings with man?
As we began our lesson this morning during Bible class, someone made a simple but good point about Daniel’s request for God’s help concerning Nebuchadnezzar’s dream. Their point was that God was with Daniel even in Babylon. That’s a point worth thinking about!
God had not “stayed at home” in Jerusalem when the captivity began. God was willing to follow Daniel to Babylon because Daniel was willing to follow God in Babylon.
So while we may think Daniel only had three close friends travel with him as he left the earthly Zion behind … the fact is, Daniel had at least four.
““Am I a God near at hand,” says the Lord, “And not a God afar off?” (Jeremiah 23:23 NKJV)
I went to a revival at a sister congregation last night where a brother by the name of Eddie Sanders, of the University church of Christ in Charlotte, North Carolina, (click here for some of his recorded sermons) was preaching.
His topic, from Daniel chapter 1, was about resisting the world’s push on the church and her members to conform and accept things contrary to God’s will in places like social media, entertainment and the work place. He summed it up with the attitude that we should have by saying, “If God doesn’t like it, we’re not supposed to like it.”
He did a great job by using Daniel and his friends as examples of how the world tries to change us as God’s people living in a foreign land (sound like a New Testament verse to you?).
Here’s a quick little outline that I jotted down:
- the admonition to be different from the world (Titus 2:11-12)
- the world will try to change our language (Daniel 1:3)
- the world will try to change our diet (Daniel 1:5)
- the world will try to change our name (Daniel 1:7)
- but we must not let the world change our God (Daniel 1:8)
- the results of staying faithful to God (Daniel 1:17-21)
In Daniel 9, Daniel records that when Darius the Mede began to reign over the Chaldeans, he (Daniel) read the prophecy of Jeremiah about the number of years that were left to complete the desolation of Jerusalem. Daniel then uttered one of the humblest, most heartfelt, honest prayers recorded in Scripture. While he was still praying, Gabriel came to him and said, “O Daniel, I have now come forth to give you insight with understanding. At the beginning of your supplications the command was issued, and I have come to tell you, for you are highly esteemed; so give heed to the message and gain understanding of the vision.”
Two things here give me chills. First, the phrase you are highly esteemed. Men have speculated for millennia about the nature of events in the spiritual realm. One would think that in such heavenly assemblies, men would be regarded as lowly and weak. What are men in comparison with angels–at least at this point in time? Yet the text here says that Daniel was highly esteemed. Angels held Daniel in high regard. What a compliment paid to the value and worth of those who do what is right in the eyes of God.
Second, the command was issued at the beginning of Daniel’s supplications. They didn’t even wait until he was done praying! Yet it seems that the command could not be issued until he prayed. How many blessings do we miss out on because we simply do not ask?
Lord, give us the courage to pray, the wisdom to know what to pray for, and the integrity that allows us to be heard.