The Power of Understanding (Daniel 1-2)

47 The king answered and said to Daniel, “Truly, your God is God of gods and Lord of kings, and a revealer of mysteries, for you have been able to reveal this mystery. Daniel 2:47

If the last few months have taught me anything, it has taught me of just how little people truly understand life.  I have been over and over reminded of my inability to navigate through this life on my own.  At the same time I have been humbled so many times by the unlimited understanding of God.

This day we begin to read about the ministry of the prophet Daniel.  In the most difficult of times (see Daniel 1 for the setting of his day) Daniel found answers to life.  Here is what Daniel said to Almighty God:

“Blessed be the name of God forever and ever to whom belong understanding and might.”

Take a moment in these uncertain days and consider what you just read.  Our God is the source (owner and originator) of all wisdom.  This wisdom comes from the God of Heaven.  Here is how Daniel describes this God in chapter 2:

21 He changes times and seasons;
    he removes kings and sets up kings;
he gives wisdom to the wise
    and knowledge to those who have understanding;
22 he reveals deep and hidden things;
    he knows what is in the darkness,
    and the light dwells with him.
23 To you, O God of my fathers,
    I give thanks and praise,
for you have given me wisdom and might,
    and have now made known to me what we asked of you,
    for you have made known to us the king’s matter.”

This is the God from whom Daniel discovered the wisdom of the ages.  It is this same God in whom you and I serve today.  I praise the God of Heaven for revealing to Daniel the dream of the king.  I praise the God of Heaven for translating the dream into the way in which our finite minds could understand.

God had revealed to the king about many kingdoms and then one last kingdom, the coming kingdom of our God:

44 And in the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that shall never be destroyed, nor shall the kingdom be left to another people. It shall break in pieces all these kingdoms and bring them to an end, and it shall stand forever, 

Brothers and sisters, this is the God we must seek in these uncertain days.  Here is what I take away from our studies today:

  1. In this mixed up world I have peace because I know who is in charge.
  2. In this mixed up world I have a strong faith because I know He knows what He is doing.
  3. In this mixed up world I have an urgency because I am on mission with the answer for this mixed up world.

One Response to “The Power of Understanding (Daniel 1-2)”

  1. Donald Mapp Says:

    This is the third prayer from scripture on my daily prayer list.

    On Thu, Jun 18, 2020, 1:00 AM Continuing the Work wrote:

    > keithjoseph posted: “47 The king answered and said to Daniel, “Truly, your > God is God of gods and Lord of kings, and a revealer of mysteries, for you > have been able to reveal this mystery. Daniel 2:47 If the last few months > have taught me anything, it has taught me of just h” >

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