We are starting the book of Daniel today! I’d highly recommend taking a few minutes to watch the video above, especially since we’ve been jumping around the Bible out of order.
This book is written after God lets Babylon take over Jerusalem. Daniel and his friends are in exile and the first half of the book is a few stories about them. Later on, things take a weird turn and Daniel shares his visions about the future.
“He controls the course of world events; he removes kings and sets up other kings. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the scholars. He reveals deep and mysterious things and knows what lies hidden in darkness, though he is surrounded by light.” 2:21-22
Whew, I could barely make it through typing that without a lump growing in my throat. Those verses read like a trailer for a superhero movie. The ultimate protagonist.
Politics and world wars are not new and are not outside the scope of God’s control. Unexplainable illnesses, relentless patterns of sin, tricky parts of Scripture, spiritual warfare and all deep and mysterious things are known by him. He is surrounded by light. He’s warmth in the cold. He’s brave when we’re afraid. He’s safety in the face of danger.
The context of the story makes the words even more powerful. Daniel isn’t belting out that prayer in the safety of his home town, on his way to lunch from a comfortable church service. He’s in exile. He’s living in the punishment of someone else’s sin. He works for a king that doesn’t believe in his God and he’s facing the possibility of being beheaded.
Read the verses above aloud and reflect on each sentence. Let the truths sink in and extinguish any fears, doubts and anxiety. We have a good God, who’s been doing this a long time.