“Standing Before The King”
We completed our study through the book of Daniel this past Sunday evening. What a timely study this has been. During our study of this book, we have watched our nation, a nation founded to be under God, foolishly attempt to be over God. We have ignored God's clear laws and made laws of our own, laws in direct defiance to His laws. In the book of Daniel we saw what it cost Israel to ignore God's laws. It resulted in perpetual captivity and destruction, which will last until the return of Christ. We read about the Babylonians, the Assyrians, the Greeks, and the Romans who self-destructed as a result of ignoring and defying God's laws. In the midst of all the arrogant rebellion and defiance toward God, Daniel and his three Hebrew friends stood strong and even prospered. How did they do this? They knew which King they were ultimately standing before, which gave them great courage and confidence to stand firm, even in the face of death. In the first chapter of the book, we read that "Daniel resolved not to defile himself" (Daniel 1:8). He made up his mind he was going to honor God, and God honored him and protected him. His three friends took the same stand, and God honored and protected them as well. Even the pagan king Nebuchadnezzar acknowledged their courage, when he said, "They trusted in him and defied the king's command and were willing to give up their lives rather than serve or worship any god except their own God" (Daniel 3:28). To survive and even thrive in a land that has lost the fear of God, we must follow the example of Daniel and his three friends. We must resolve not to let this world defile us, and we must trust God regardless of the consequences. One day we will stand before The KING. May we live to hear Him say, well done my good and faithful servant. Until that day, may we follow the instructions given to Daniel in the last verse of the book: "As for you, go your way till the end. You will rest, and then at the end of the days you will rise to receive your allotted inheritance" (Daniel 12:13).
Serving The King,