Today’s reading: Ezekiel 47:1-Daniel 1:21
And the king spoke with them, and among all of them none was found like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. Therefore they stood before the king. And in every matter of wisdom and understanding about which the king inquired of them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and enchanters that were in all his kingdom.
Daniel 1:19-20 (ESV)
The account of Daniel and his three friends, held in captivity by the Babylonian emperor, illustrates why knowledge of and commitment to the Word of God is essential for life. These men found themselves in a foreign land ruled by pagan law, but they knew God’s law and Daniel graciously appealed to the king’s representative to allow them to continue to obey the dietary laws of their religion. Their appeal was granted and the results proved successful.
We do not know what lies ahead in our lives. We do not know what challenges and trials we may face. What can we do to prepare? Know the Bible. Read carefully and pray for wisdom. You will be equipped for whatever comes. You will be prepared for life.
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (ESV)
[For more reflections on today’s reading, see the corresponding reading in my book Cover to Cover: Through the Bible in 365 days].