28 Nov 2018
Teach Us Your Ways, Lord
There is so much to learn from the book of Daniel in terms of integrity and fervour regarding the things of God. Daniel was a man who put his God before all things, including the Babylonian ruler’s decrees. As we read in Daniel 3, he simply would not compromise his beliefs in the God of Abraham, even while he was in captivity.
The Chaldean or Babylonian rulers were much less harsh toward their subjects than the Assyrians. Nevertheless, Daniel not only prospered during their reign but also remained in the counsel of Cyrus the Great because, despite his circumstances, he upheld the statutes and decrees of his Jewish line, from which he had been taken.
There are lessons for the rulers, as we read in Daniel 5. We see Nebuchadnezzar turning to God through Daniel’s counsel and then falling away into madness for seven years after being restored to the foundational truth that God reigns above all.
Belshazzar did not learn from the lesson in humility that brought about King Nebuchadnezzar`s change of heart. As a result his heart would beat no longer. One wonders how many opportunities he had to respond to God and turn from his evil ways.
Proverbs 12:15 teaches that we should learn from the mistakes of others, and particularly leaders, and this lesson is repeated throughout the Bible in many different forms. El Shaddai, God almighty, is sovereign over all. All earthly leaders are servants of the Lord Most High and are subject to the King of the world.
Pause and reflect: “Thank You, Lord, that You teach us Your ways and highlight our shortcomings through other people’s mistakes. Let us this day know the fullness of Your reign over all things. Thank You, Jesus, for the grace You have given us through Your sacrifice. Amen.”