FOUR GOOD MEN
Suggested Reading: Daniel 1-2
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Key Verses: Daniel 2:19-20
Then the secret was revealed to Daniel in a night vision. So Daniel blessed the God of heaven. Daniel answered and said: “Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, for wisdom and might are His.”
Daniel, an outstanding man of God, served as a leader over the entire 70 year period of Babylonian/Persian captivity. He represented the true God so well that the emperors acknowledged the God of Israel as GOD as a result of Daniel’s ministry. This Old Testament book can only be compared with the New Testament book of Revelation for its prophetic content. God is “forever and ever, for wisdom and might are His!” (2:20).
Daniel chapter one singles out four young Hebrew men for their excellence of character. The king’s assessment, as a result of his interview with them, was that they were 10 times more qualified than the others. This provides a challenge for us to be people of excellence!
Chapter two moves us directly into the recognition that God alone knows the secrets of the human heart, and He alone can reveal that which people on their own can never know. Daniel pulls back the curtain and writes of four great empires. The current Babylonian one, and the Persian, Greek, and Roman empires yet to come. The confession of King Nebuchadnezzar in 2:47 is astonishing. This proud Emperor fell prostrate on his face and declared to Daniel, “Truly your God is the God of gods, and the Lord of kings!” From Daniel we learn to bring our witness for God into the culture, into government and into everyday life. This is happening today in the country called by Winston Churchill “the Pearl of Africa,” Uganda (see the video clip mentioned below).
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord God, I bow before You in recognition that You are my King! Rule and reign in my life I pray. Reveal Yourself to me as I read Your Word and pray each day. Grant me, I ask, understanding and the wisdom to apply Your Word to my life in practical ways that will bless, not only me, but all those with whom I come into contact. I pray this in the Name of the One who did this at all times, Jesus Christ. Amen!!!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
Some may remember the fishing trip I mentioned from two weeks ago. Well, this past Sunday those four young men were at our place for a fish dinner, along with two young ladies, as well as our neighbours, Ollie (who took us fishing), his wife Jenny, our son and his wife, David Reynold (our photographer) and Kathy. As I visited with these four men (university students, Caleb, Sam, Jaques and David), I thought of Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego of today’s reading. What amazing potential there is in the lives of young people. Like the four young Hebrews, these young men (and the young ladies) are gaining knowledge, skill in literature and wisdom (Daniel 2:17).
I want to thank my sons with all my heart for their participation in this blog. I’ve mentioned before that Ron helps me (I’m semi-illiterate in computers) by formatting and posting the blog each day, every day. The amazing blog experience of Ron’s wife Ann from yesterday’s blog is well worth reading again and sending to others. Today, I want to answer the question I’ve been asked over and over. How are Reynold and Kathy doing? Right now they are here with us in the seniors mobile home park in Florida for a week. They are well and Reynold’s photos grace this blog each day. They are committed to world missions 100%. Here’s a link to a most miraculous God-called missions outreach. There’s so much to tell! (click here). Anyone who desires to know more about their mission, please visit their web site at http://worldembrace.org/uganda/. Tomorrow, God willing, I’ll try to connect readers with a prayer from Uganda’s President.
Yours for the fulfillment of God’s purposes in our time as demonstrated in their time by those four young men in today’s reading,
P.S. My son Ron and his wife Ann are hosting 100 Huntley Street this week and next (Moira Brown is on vacation, and Jerry Johnston is also away). If you missed yesterday’s program, here is a link to Ron and Ann’s interview with Canadian hockey legend Paul Henderson and his wife Eleanor.