Today’s Scripture: Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, Hebrews 11:33

Even today, with all of our modern technology and the surplus of available information, we have a continuing fascination with the ancient book of Daniel. Why? Because we find a man who loved God and lived godly.

Today, we will look at ten lessons I learned from this book:

  1. Live up to your name. Daniel lived up to his name which means “God is my judge.” We are called Christians, “followers of Christ.” Do we live up to our name?
  2. God will judge sin. God used kingdoms to judge other kingdoms for their sin.
  3. Serving on purpose is never an accident. Daniel and his friends purposed in their hearts that they would not defile themselves.
  4. Faith is going to be tried. Daniel and his friends were all found guilty of obeying God rather than man. (If you were put on trial for your faith, would you be found guilty?)
  5. God elevates the humble and lowers the prideful. Daniel was a humble man and God honored him with very high positions in two completely different empires. Nebuchadnezzar filled himself with pride and God abased him to act like a beast in the field.
  6. God’s way always works. Daniel and his friends took confidence that they would be better off if they did not eat the king’s meat.
  7. You can be either a conformer or a transformer. While most of the Jewish captives conformed to the ways of Babylon, only three stood against the law to worship the image. They transformed the law of the land by taking a stand.
  8. Sharing in prayer means that you will share the praise. Daniel and his friends fasted and prayed together for God to show them Nebuchadnezzar’s dream and the interpretation. When God answered their prayer, they all shared in the blessing and praise.
  9. Finish well. Daniel started and finished very well.
  10. The best is yet to come. “But go thou thy way till the end be: for thou shalt rest, and stand in thy lot at the end of the days.” Daniel 12:13

Devotional by Jim Scudder Jr.