Knowing God prepared by Rev. E. Anderson

                                             

                                        Rev. E. Anderson

KNOWING GOD THROUGH TOTAL COMMITMENT

 

Daniel 1

 

Introduction

 

Study and observance of the life and work of Daniel makes one conscious of an individual who really knew God. An outstanding feature regarding him was his total commitment and reliance on Jehovah. It would seem that one of the main reasons why he came to understand and have a genuine and great experience of the Lord on such a tremendous scale was due to his unswerving love and devotion to Him. There is little wonder that the Lord was pleased to reveal himself to him and give an increased revelation of His person, with many other important factors that created a wholesome bond and relationship.

 

Trace this divine knowledge through total commitment:

 

1/.  HE WAS TOTALLY COMMITTED IN FAITH AND WAS READY TO BE TESTED – Daniel 1

 

        As a young man and Jew, when he suddenly finds himself a slave and victim of the Babylonian Empire, he is more impressed by the Lord than this powerful heathen nation with its idolatrous system. He is not prepared to fall foul of its manipulations but is prepared to stand loyal to Jehovah in spite of the hard situation he was placed in. Because he refused to bow and bend to the wishes and will of his captors, he discovers the pleasure and providence of the Lord. Not only is he made to look healthier, but increased wisdom is his lot and he stands out as a capable individual. His faith was duly rewarded by the Lord.

 

2/.  HE WAS TOTALLY COMITTED TO PRAYER WHEN CRISES PREVAILED AND DISCOVERED THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE LORD IN GREATER DEGREE – Daniel 2 & 6

 

         He and his colleagues were place in difficult circumstances besides the so-called wise astrologers of Babylon because of Nebuchadnezzar’s whim. Their lives were under great threat but Daniel lived in the knowledge of God’s greatness. He was committed to seek Him for revelation and an answer to this tense situation. Along with his friends they obtained the essential knowledge from the Lord – vv19, 20.

 

        Later he is to discover through prayer the knowledge of the Lord’s sovereign ability to secure him from a den of lions – Daniel 6. From this incident mentioned is made of his prayer life and through this means he grew in understanding of the Lord – v10.

 

3/. HE WAS TOTALLY COMMITTED TO THE LORD TO BRING THE MONARCHS TO BOOK WITH RESPECT TO THE LORD – Daniel 4 & 5

 

        He wielded more influence and power than the Babylonian despots. Both Nebuchadnezzar and Belshazzar were recipients of the divine word through him. He spoke clearly into their situations. Because he knew the Lord and was known of Him  he was able to point out their errors and follies. He rightly assumed the driving in a humble fashion and revealed who truly reigned. Daniel was secure in the knowledge of God and His position as head over all – 4: 25; 5: 22.

 

4/.   HE WAS TOTALLY COMMITTED TO THE LORD TO FIND OUT THE PATH AHEAD FOR HIS PEOPLE – Daniel 9 – 12

 

        There came the time when he sensed the need to seek the Lord with respect to his people and their future – 9: 2,3. The Lord obliges and shows much he loved His elect household, disclosing events in the centuries to come that will usher in her final blessedness, distinction and position. Daniel is to be an extraordinary prophet foreseeing and foretelling events to the end times. Because he sought the Lord he was not disappointed and so his personal knowledge of Him grew besides being made aware of His plans.

 

5/.   HE WAS TOTALLY COMMITTED TO THE LORD FROM BEGINNING TO END

 

        He was favoured in knowing the Lord over many years, kings and kingdoms. He believed the Lord in his youth until later age. He was convinced of His kingdom and was pleased to live in it and allow the Lord to rule his life and years. The length of his days and his vital contribution underlines how much he was in intimacy with the Lord. It is reckoned he lived until he was at least 90 years old. He lived out his days to the maximum, not envying others but others envying him. His life and ministry touched nations and millenniums to come because he knew the Lord.

 

CONCLUSION

 

As those in Christ profess to know Him and express a total commitment to Him, so there will be the inevitable knowledge of Him not only flowing in of an extraordinary quality, it will also flow out to bless individuals, communities and nations.

 

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