“Let the name of God be blessed forever and ever, for wisdom and power belong to Him. It is He who changes the times and the epochs; He removes kings and establishes kings; He gives wisdom to wise men and knowledge to men of understanding. It is He who reveals the profound and hidden things;
He knows what is in the darkness, and the light dwells with Him.
To You, O God of my fathers, I give thanks and praise, for You have given me wisdom and power; even now You have made known to me what we requested of You, for You have made known to us the king’s matter.”
Today, my Precepts bible study on Romans led to me Daniel 2.
Daniel’s life is a pretty good challenge for a strong independent American living in a democracy. I think it challenges our beliefs.
Many times, because we have a say in electing leadership, we continue with this say by not respecting or acknowledging leadership we did not vote for. At this time, I commonly see Christians mocking Barack Obama’s position as president.
Daniel’s way of dealing with a government he disagreed with was much different. He was obedient and respectful, right up to the line where he had to break the law of the land in favor of the law of God. But he did it in such a way that God gained respect by his actions.
I wonder if his core beliefs, in God’s sovereignty in establishing and removing kings, and giving wisdom and knowledge, gave him a discernment that is missing in our culture today.
Do we believe God’s plan will stand?