A Stranger with Protection
Read Daniel 1:18-21
Now would be the time to go back and look again at the definition you wrote down for stranger. It doesn’t say if Daniel and his three young friends had met King Nebuchadnezzar up until this point, but we do know that they were not only strangers to Babylon but to the king.
What does verse 19 say happened after the king spoke with them?
A revelatory moment for me is when the king inquires to them for “every matter of wisdom and understanding.” God was placing these four young men in a very high yet spiritual position, knowing that they were faithful to him and not to King Nebuchadnezzar’s gods.
Considering this situation in Daniel, do you truly believe that God has and is shaping your life for your good and his glory? What are your thoughts on how God governs your life?
Read Romans 8:28-39.
In the midst of trial, it is hard to remember that, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” Because in those moments it sure doesn’t feel like he is for us. I imagine Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah walking into the court of King Nebuchadnezzar with their stomachs groaning out of fear and God helping them remember all they had learned, so that they knew all of the answers perfectly. From the outside, it looked like Babylon had won by indoctrinating these young men with Babylon’s ways, but God was behind it all. King Nebuchadnezzar just hadn’t realized it yet.