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Comforting Messages from Daniel Chapters 1-3

God uses the true life events of the people in the Bible to teach us helpful and comforting truths that bless our lives and bring us closer to Him.

Daniel 1  The Favor of God in a Foreign Land

When God allowed a foreign power to take the Jews into captivity because of their sin, His favor went with Daniel and his three companions to the new land. Even in difficult circumstances, even in a culture that is foreign to God’s will for us, He is with us, and He will show us His favor.

Daniel 2  God Controls All Kingdoms

A dream is the key to this chapter. God gave the foreign king a dream of a great statue, but the king didn’t understand what it meant. He knew if he told his “wise men” the dream, they could come up with some interpretation, so he demanded that they tell him both the dream and its interpretation. If they couldn’t, they would die. They told him only the gods could do such a thing. But the king started killing them.

Then Daniel intervened. He asked the king for time, and he and his three companions asked God for help. God showed Daniel the dream and its interpretation. The great statue represented four kingdoms that would have power over Judah—the present king was the first of the four. And then God would set up a fifth kingdom that would never be destroyed—His kingdom.

Do you ever wish you knew how things will turn out in your life? Do you ever wonder what God has in store for you in the future? Even if our circumstances are difficult now, God will make His presence known. And God controls the future. He has good things to come for His people.

Daniel 3  The Idolatry of Pride; the True Worship of Trust

In this chapter we have the same foreign king, but a different problem. The king wanted to be worshipped as a god. Whoever refused to bow down to his image would be taken and cast into a fiery furnace. All of the peoples that the king had conquered, bowed to the image except Daniel’s three companions.

They refused to bow down, and they told the king that whether or not their God delivered them from the furnace, they would die rather than bow down. The king threw them into the furnace, but then he saw them walking around, and a fourth man walked with them. He said, “The fourth is like the Son of God” (Daniel 3:25 NKJV).

When we are put into threatening circumstances, God can do amazing things to protect us. And He is always with us. We can count on Him. He alone deserves our worship and the greatest measure of our trust.

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