Prepared for Death
Today’s reading: Daniel 2:1-3:30
Then Daniel went to his house and made the matter known to Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, his companions, and told them to seek mercy from the God of heaven concerning this mystery, so that Daniel and his companions might not be destroyed with the rest of the wise men of Babylon. Then the mystery was revealed to Daniel in a vision of the night. Then Daniel blessed the God of heaven. Daniel answered and said:
“Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, to whom belong wisdom and might. Daniel 2:17-20 (ESV)
While we do not know all that lies ahead in our lives, we do know that death is a certainty for all who do not live to see the return of Jesus Christ. Daniel was prepared to live [see yesterday’s post], but he was also prepared to die. In the face of possible death at the hands of the enraged Nebuchadnezzar, the prophet keeps his cool, and remembers God’s promises to Israel. So he calls a prayer meeting. He and his friends seek the Lord’s wisdom, and they get it.
God’s word equips the man or woman of God for life and for death. Keep reading so that your prayer life is informed by God’s truth. Like Daniel, you will be blessing the name of God to whom belong wisdom and might.
[For more reflections on today’s reading, see the corresponding reading in my book Cover to Cover: Through the Bible in 365 days].