I can imagine you are already wondering why you would want to read something about weakness when you are trying so hard to avoid it. You are not alone, all of us have times when we feel the need of strength and it does not always come easily. However, it has always been available for us if we just remember where to find it. We have probably had the experience of seeing for ourselves some who were in torment with no strength and some who seem to ride the waves so very easily. We know who we would like to copy, but just how do we find their strength for ourselves?
Most of us have read stories of people with amazing strength, wondering how it could seem so easy for them and wondering why it is so hard for us. Did our Creator make us so different and if so, just why? We always like to read the stories about great strength, wishing for it in our own lives while not wanting to be reminded of those who cratered beneath its weight. I imagine we sometimes wonder how we will face our turn when it comes.
You have probably heard people say that we can always learn from reading history rather than just listening to words that are empty because we cannot comprehend them until the time is before us. Maybe that is why our Creator chose to give us examples to study, opportunities to comprehend for ourselves before we would have to face similar experiences. Unlike the fiction that we might choose to read today our Bible records real life events that not only happened, but were put down in God’s Word specifically to give us understanding and direction for our lives today. God did not create strong and weak, rather He gave us the choice to decide which path we would take in our own lives. However, this is not to say it is an easy decision as many of us know. Shall we simply take another pill or can we learn some more concrete methods from a few hours of reading.
While it is true that in today’s world it is highly unlikely we will ever have to face a lion’s den, which is as tough as we can imagine, that is just exactly what Daniel had to do. He distinguished himself above the governors and satraps, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king gave thought to setting him over the whole realm (6:3). Needless to say, this created much jealously among those who felt left out and so they set about to end this situation in any way possible. While we don’t have any such dramatic possibilities in today’s world we still have the capacity to cause death to those who defy this world’s laws. We do know however, or should, that the laws of God supercede any laws of mankind and will never be overcome. So it looks like we should get more serious about whose laws we are really concerned with.
After Daniel defiled the world’s law King Darius made the decree that in every dominion of my kingdom men must tremble and fear before the God of Daniel…His kingdom is the one which shall not be destroyed, and His dominion shall endure to the end (6:26). Somehow over time we have labeled those words as simply history which obviously has changed. However, we should know that some things never change and no matter how we think we have advanced in today’s world God’s Word has never changed. Just maybe we should rethink our objectives and possible rewards before it is too late.
So this Daniel prospered in the reign of Darius and in the reign of Cyrus the Persian (6:28).
Our God, our Help in ages past,
Our hope for years to come;
Our shelter from the stormy blast,
And our eternal Home.