Mark 1:21-45; 2 Samuel 3:2-39; Daniel 2:1-23
Daniel and other Israelite boys were brought to Babylon after Babylon conquered Jerusalem. He and three others were selected to be advisors (wise men) to the king. They didn’t realize how different things were until the king began killing his wise men. Israelite law was based on an objective standard: God’s word. The country fell, in part, due to failure to stay true to that standard. Now, they’re dealing with a king who makes arbitrary decisions and laws and it didn’t make sense. Once Daniel found out the reason for the killing of the wise men, he asked for time to pray and give an answer to the king. As a result, Daniel heard from God, dealt with the issue and saved a lot of lives. This is his reaction: “Daniel answered and said: “Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, For wisdom and might are His. And He changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and raises up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise And knowledge to those who have understanding.” (Daniel 2:20-21) It is God who establishes nations. It is God who brings nations down. He reminds us of the rule of law, sometimes by using lawlessness. While we don’t have kings today, there are those who would make laws subjective based on popular opinion. Laws based on popular opinion can be dangerous though…especially if popular opinion changes. As Christians we should base our attitudes, our actions and our beliefs on God’s standards, not on the standards of popular opinion. That’s hard in today’s world and may subject us to ridicule and abuse. Nevertheless, God’s ways will always win out in the end.
Dear Lord, I’m too easily swayed to follow popular opinion. It’s so easy just to go along to get along. Give me the strength and the desire to follow Your ways. Let me show the grace You show to those who fall short of Your standards for I am one of those also.