Even when times were tough, God had not given up on His people. The book of Daniel is an encouragement that God has a future and a plan for His people, all His people. There are at least three statements in Daniel 1 which reveal the sovereignty of God (His control over men and creation). God also intervenes for the sake of His people:
- “The Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his [Nebuchadnezzar’s] hand” (verse 2);
- “God granted Daniel favor and compassion in the sight of the commander of the officials” (verse 9);
- and, “God gave them knowledge and intelligence in every branch of literature and wisdom” (verse 17).
As we read through Daniel this month, keep your eyes and heart open to see more of God’s wise, loving sovereignty. Indeed,
“Blessed be the name of God forever and ever,
to whom belong wisdom and might.
He changes times and seasons;
he removes kings and sets up kings;
he gives wisdom to the wise
and knowledge to those who have understanding;
he reveals deep and hidden things;
he knows what is in the darkness,
and the light dwells with him.
To you, O God of my fathers,
I give thanks and praise,
for you have given me wisdom and might,
and have now made known to me what we asked of you,
for you have made known to us the king’s matter.” (Daniel 2:20-23)