Saturday, 24 August 2013

GOD’S STRATEGY

TEXT: DANIEL 3 & 6
When God allowed Daniel (a fervent lover of God) to be taken captive to Babylon, we may be wondering why did God allowed that to happen to him. God is the all knowing God that knows the end from the beginning, and His plans are always right and perfect without an error. Babylon was a nation where different gods were worshipped, they did not believe in the living God, except their “small gods.” God wanted to show His uniqueness to the land of Babylon by doing wondrous things that no gods or magicians can do.
Daniel was the channel God used to display His mighty power in Babylon. During the reign of king Nebuchadnezzar, a golden image was made, people were told to bow down to worship the image at the sound of the horn. Daniel and his friends refused to bow down for the golden image, the king ordered them to be thrown into the fiery furnace (Daniel 3:19-20). What the king expected did not happen; instead the boys were saved by the living God. “Nebuchadnezzar said “praise be to the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego who has sent His angel and rescue His servants… (Daniel 3:28). God used the situation to draw the heart of the king to himself. A king that believed in his gods, enchanters, magicians, and astrologers, started giving glory to God! He made a decree that people of any nation or language that says anything against the living God will be cut into pieces, and their house be turned into pile of rubble (Daniel 3:29). Also when God restored king Nebuchadnezzar’s sanity, he praised and exalted God of heaven.

When Darius and Mede took over the kingdom, there was a plot against Daniel. A decree was made that nobody should pray to any other God for thirty days except the king. Daniel refused to obey the decree and he was put in the Lion’s den. The angel of the lord closed the mouth of the Lion and the Lion did not devour him. This scenario changed the king’s thoughts about the living God. The lord knows how to draw people’s attention to Him. When the king saw the wonders of God, he issued a decree “The king Darius wrote to all the people, nations, and men of every language throughout the land. “I issued a decree that in every part of my kingdom, people must fear and reverence the God of Daniel for He is the living God and He endures forever…(Daniel 6:25-26). That “Babylonian situation” that you are in, is for the glory of God to manifest. Use the situation to witness Christ to unbelievers, let unbelievers come to the knowledge of God like the kings we talked about earlier. God brought that situation your way so that you can tell unbelievers about His greatness. The situation may be in your work place, your business, your school or your geographical location. Don’t feel bad about what is happening, don’t ask why? Don’t say where is God? He wants to use you like Daniel to witness to unbelievers, as Daniel was promoted after the test, you will also be promoted to a HIGHER level if you pass the test.

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