Topic: The Blessing of Solitude III [Monday 3, October 2016]
Read: Daniel 2:16-19 (KJV)
16 Then Daniel went in, and desired of the king that he would give him time, and that he would shew the king the interpretation.
17 Then Daniel went to his house, and made the thing known to Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, his companions:
18 That they would desire mercies of the God of heaven concerning this
secret; that Daniel and his fellows should not perish with the rest of
the wise men of Babylon.
19 Then was the secret revealed unto Daniel in a night vision. Then Daniel blessed the God of heaven.
Bible in One Year: Ezekiel 30:20-32:32, Psalms 73:1-17
It takes withdrawing from the crowd to be able to hear the message that
will not only save you from evil, but will take you to the next level of
stardom. An adage says: “He that is afraid of being alone will die in
the crowd unnoticed.” The Psalmist says that the Lord makes him to be
wise “in the hidden part” (Psalms 51:6)
In today’s reading, we learn a lot from the withdrawal approach of
Daniel and his friends. The king had a dream that he could not remember,
not to talk of interpreting. All the wise men of Babylon and the
dream-interpreting astrologers could neither figure it out nor give
interpretation to it. So, their lives were put at stake including those
of Daniel and his friends. When the news got to Daniel and his
colleagues, he demanded for some time to seek the face of their God.
Daniel and his companions went into the secret place of the Most High
and sought His face for the revelation of the dream of the king. The
“The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things
which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we
may do all the words of this law.” – Deuteronomy 29:29
There are lots of lessons we can learn from this story. The first that
readily comes to mind is the fact that we must always find time to be in
God’s presence, because He desires our fellowship. You can be sure that
God will always present you with a gift whether you are a guest to Him
in His sanctuary or you play host to Him when you invite him to come
into your life. An example of someone who was a guest to Him in His
sanctuary was Hannah who withdrew from the crowded festivities at
Shiloh. Her gift was a bouncing baby boy, Samuel (1 Samuel 1:9-18).
When God comes visiting you in your lonely condition, He comes with
gifts that money cannot buy. When Abraham decided to be alone with God,
coming out from his extended family, he hosted the Almighty God through
His angelic representatives and what he got in return was a child of
promise (Genesis 18:1-14).
Another lesson in this story is that we must learn how to trust God for
good knowledge. The Almighty is the custodian of good knowledge and He
gives it to those who diligently seek it. The Bible says:
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh
down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither
shadow of turning.” – James 1:17
It is wisdom, therefore, that we seek God wherever and whenever He may
be found. Incidentally, from time immemorial, God is not always in the
midst of the crowd. This is corroborated by the adage which says: “One
with God is a majority”. Beloved, seek God today, not in the crowd, but
in your personal and quiet life.
Action Point: Choose a place where you will not be distracted for your daily personal fellowship with God.
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