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Friday, June 06, 2008
Let’s go back now to the Old Testament section of the Minor Prophets as we
continue reading through the Bible by the end of this year. These
are relatively short, potent books.
As you read them be sure to remember to look up the
historical context in which these prophets lived. It will help you in
understanding what they had to say. In our reading today we will be
starting the book of Daniel.
Phillips Brooks might have had Daniel in mind when he
said, “Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men. Do not
pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for powers equal to your tasks.”
Early in life Daniel purposed in his heart that he
would not defile himself. He was joined by Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego,
who likewise were unwavering in their determination to stand for God.
The book of Daniel is full of prophetic utterances.
God had to have a clear channel to make these revelations known. He found
such a channel in Daniel. He was tried, tempered and trustworthy.
His prayer life was consistent and his consecration complete. He was
willing to pay any price to do God’s will and he was humble enough to give God
the glory for all of his accomplishments.
“Dare to be a Daniel.” Purpose in your heart to
be a clear channel through which God’s Word goes forth unhindered and unmarred
by the obstructions of sin and compromise. Make yourself available to do
God’s bidding, no matter what the cost. God will be glorified in and
through your life if you dare to be a Daniel!