Daniel 2

Carl Trueman wrote in The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self that “The task of the Christian is not to whine about the moment in which he or she lives but to understand its problems and respond appropriately to them.” Today, we as believers find ourselves in a truly unique moment that will test the faith of all who call upon the name of Christ. Paul spoke of this in 2 Timothy 3:1 by saying “But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come.”

Daniel is a reminder that the LORD God is in control of what is happening in the world today. God is sovereign over all nations and the leaders of the nations. The book of Daniel shows us how to live a godly, Christ glorifying life in an ungodly world. In light of Christ’s imminent return, Daniel provides an example of how to live today. Even while thrown into a Babylonian reprogramming class, Daniel and his friends maintained integrity. All of us are being put to the test and don’t even know it. Our faith will be tested and we need to stand for Jesus Christ.

King Nebuchadnezzar had a wild dream and he made a deal with Daniel that if he revealed the dream the King would lavish wealth upon him but if Daniel didn’t, he would die. We need to know how to stand firm in cultures opposed to God such as the one in Babylon.

3 Principles to Stand Strong in an Ungodly Culture

1.  The work of Christ is best seen in humanly impossible situations.

None of the king’s wise men could possibly know and interpret his dream so the king orders all the wise men in Babylon to be killed. However, the Lord had his man ready for the task so Daniel prepares to answer the king but first asks for time. What did he do in this time?

2. A major source of stability in our lives is prayer

Daniel knew that a humanly impossible situation can only be resolved through divine intervention. The same is true for us today. What brings you fear, uncertainty, stress, and worry? Pray about it. Esther prayed when the Jews were on the brink of annihilation. Peter prayed when he was arrested. Daniel and his three friends prayed and God answered.

3. When the Lord works, there is only one response: praise, not prideAfter interpreting the king’s dream, he proceeded to give the Lord glory and praise. When you receive praise for a good job or a good game, respond by giving the Lord glory, don’t keep it for yourself.

We have a choice on what to do with this life and the time given to us. We can use impossible situations to give God glory.
Pastor Chris Williams
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