Short Lessons from Daniel

For Resilient Faith that shines
in all Circumstances

© Terry L. Craig 2019

 

Regardless of the "times" we are in, those who know God are responsible to reflect the hope he has given us in Jesus.  As we read the book of Daniel, we can glean insight for living for the Lord in every circumstance.

 

When we first encounter Daniel in the pages of Scripture, he has lost his entire family, his upper-class life, and his homeland.  He has been taken captive to live a life of service to an evil regime.  Once he is in his new country, Babylon, they undertake to completely strip away his former life and identity (as a Jew) by changing his name and commanding that he be trained in the wisdom and magic arts of his new country.  None of this was chosen by Daniel, and yet . . .

 

Daniel DIDN'T:

  • Whine

  • See his faith or his fate connected to any government of this world

  • See approval of others as a necessary component of his joy, life, or faith

  • Try to force his understanding of God upon the government

  • Let fear make his decisions.

 

Daniel DID:

  • Worship God regardless of threats

  • Continuously pray for wisdom in the midst of every circumstance

  • Share that wisdom when he was asked for it and gave God credit for it

  • Remain respectful of others

  • Genuinely care for those around him

  • Pray FOR Nebuchadnezzar (the leader who had him taken captive)

  • Seek to remain faithful in all things—regardless of who was in leadership.

 

Lord help us to live like that!

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