“Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever; wisdom and power are Yours. You change times and seasons; You depose kings and raise up others. You give wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning. You reveal deep and hidden things; You know what lies in darkness, and light dwells with You. I thank and praise You…”
Father, these words of Daniel’s are true today as well. Praise is still due You. Even after all these years of season after season, You are still the One who keeps the world in order. And after generations of kings, You are still the One who holds their hearts and their power in Your hand. All wisdom and knowledge are Yours. Hundreds of years of human advancements and scientific discovery and technology, haven’t even scratched the surface when it comes to understanding this amazing universe You created!
Father, Daniel held tightly to his beliefs about You and his convictions about how to live a godly life. And this even in the midst of being basically kidnapped and taken a thousand miles away from family. As a young man it would have been so easy for him to simply go along with whatever his captors pushed on him. But even far away from family, and the worship he knew, he knew that You were with him! At the time, people worshipped pagan gods who they believed had power and influence over a specific thing (like rainfall, crops, or fertility) or a particular place. But Daniel knew You were the One True God over all these things. And that no matter where he was, You were there.
“Now God had caused the official to show favor and compassion to Daniel.” And You were faithful to Daniel. You allowed him to be faithful to the ways he had been taught and gave him success. In addition to this, You gave Daniel and his four friends wisdom and understanding far beyond that of all others.
Father, help me be like Daniel. Strengthen me to live the way You have taught me, and not give in to the pressures of whatever society offers. Let me stand out so others will see that I live differently from the pagan ways of my culture. Let the light that dwells in You, shine through me. Amen