Today’s scripture selection: Daniel 1-6
Key verse: Daniel 1:17
When a young man named Daniel was sent, along with three friends, into captivity into a very foreign land, they weren’t alone. God was with them.
This is made very clear, right at the beginning of their story, as told in the book of Daniel.
“To these four young men God gave knowledge and understanding of all kinds of literature and learning. And Daniel could understand visions and dreams of all kinds.”
Now, this meant Daniel was a whole lot more than some phony carnival show psychic. He was the real deal.
So he ended up interpreting some very important dreams – for the king.
There’s a lot more to his story and I invite you to look it up for yourself.
But right at the beginning, I am struck by something.
Daniel and his friends, from the very beginning of their captivity, refused to become like his captors. They even refused to eat the king’s food – a bold move that could have cost them their lives. But that was how deep their faith and commitment to God went.
Would we be so bold? Would we take our faith so seriously – under penalty of death? I don’t know.
It’s a good lesson in how faithfulness gets God’s attention – and protection.
So, if you feel sometimes like you are in your own “foreign land” – far away from the comforts of home – remember…be faithful, as best you can.
And God will hear your prayers. He always does.
Prayer: Lord, when I feel I am in my own private Babylon, move in my heart and spirit to strengthen my faith in you. AMEN.