Then he said to me “Fear not, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand and humble yourself before your God, your words have been heard and I have come because of your words.”
I like the message in this verse.
People say, where is God, why hasn’t God done what I wanted? Why hasn’t God taken care of me? How could God let this happen to me?
They conclude “Since my life isn’t what I think it should be or what I want it to be, there must not be a God.” The problem in that conclusion is the word “I”. It’s not about you and you wanting your carefree life. Continue reading
I wrote a note to myself after I read this chapter and what I wrote was, “Daniel 5, the part about becoming proud”.
I looked at this note a couple of days later. I was looking for some post ideas. When I looked at it I wasn’t sure why I wrote it down or what I meant so I placed the note in the back of my journal.
Over the next couple of weeks I kept bypassing this note. I would look at it, not get what I meant by the note and move on to another one.
Finally as I started running short of new ideas I decided to go back and re read Daniel 5 and see if I could figure out what it was I wanted to say when I wrote the cryptic note. Continue reading
Daniel 6: 1-5
It pleased Darius to appoint 120 satraps to rule throughout the kingdom, with three administrators over them, one of whom was Daniel. The satraps were made accountable to them so that the king might not suffer loss. Now Daniel so distinguished himself among the administrators and the satraps by his exceptional qualities that the king planned to set him over the whole kingdom. At this, the administrators and the satraps tried to find grounds for charges against Daniel in his conduct of government affairs, but they were unable to do so. They could find no corruption in him, because he was trustworthy and neither corrupt nor negligent. Finally these men said, “We will never find any basis for charges against this man Daniel unless it has something to do with the law of his God.”
In this day and age with so much media, mass media, social media, etc., it’s very easy for everyone to voice their opinions.
Therefore it’s an everyday occurrence to see the person who’s on top being pulled down by those who are jealous of the top person’s success, for whatever reason.
That’s something that’s been going on since the dawn of man. Continue reading
This is a follow up piece to my post “So Much Hokum”.
In that post I stated my beliefs on the modern day necromancers. I likened them to sideshow carnival hucksters. My reasoning was simple.
They use their so called “gift” for only one thing, and it’s not the betterment of all mankind. It’s for profit, plain and simple. It’s to make money off of emotional and vulnerable people.
In the previous post I cited a passage from the Old Testament, Daniel 2:27-30.
These verses tell the story of how Daniel had a gift from God yet never asked for a fee.
Daniel wasn’t one of the professional wizards, soothsayers, or necromancers that King Nebuchadnezzar employed in his court. Those guys were the successful carnies of their day.
After posting “So Much Hokum” someone very close to me read the post and then asked me this question: “Do you consider your ability, your talent to play drums a gift?”
I answered yes. Continue reading
Daniel answered the king and said, “No wise men, enchanters, magicians, or astrologers can show to the king the mystery that the king has asked, but there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries, and he has made known to King Nebuchadnezzar what will be in the latter days. Your dream and the visions of your head as you lay in bed are these: To you, O king, as you lay in bed came thoughts of what would be after this, and he who reveals mysteries made known to you what is to be. But as for me, this mystery has been revealed to me, not because of any wisdom that I have more than all the living, but in order that the interpretation may be made known to the king, and that you may know the thoughts of your mind.
I have always looked at mediums, palm readers, fortune tellers, psychics, clairvoyants, etc., with extreme skepticism.
I find all of them no matter how famous or infamous to be nothing more that sideshow carnival hucksters. The ones who achieve prominence are just better showmen and businessmen. Continue reading