The Response of Nehemiah

In Nehemiah 1, we read about a report that Nehemiah receives from Jerusalem. When he hears about what is happening to God’s people and to the state of Jerusalem, he weeps. Not only does he mourn for days, but he fasts and prays continuously. He is more than a little upset. He is unsettled. He […]

Like a Cow

In Daniel 4, King Nebuchadnezzar was told he would “eat grass like a cow” if he did not repent and do the right thing (v. 32 NLT). He had twelve months to make the choice but instead he stood on the roof of the palace and overlooked what God had given him. As the king […]

Twelve Months

King Nebuchadnezzar was given a dream that Daniel interpreted. The king was warned to “renounce your sins by doing what is right” (v. 27 NIV). He had time to do it too.  He had twelve months. Talk about patience. God is patient. The king had twelve months to do what was right but he neglected […]

Wisdom and Discretion

When King Nebuchadnezzar had a dream that troubled him, he asked the astrologers the meaning of the dream but they couldn’t tell him. As a result he was furious and ordered that all of the wise men in Babylon be executed. Men were sent to find Daniel and his friends to follow the orders of […]

A Grand Return

Almost a year ago I sat down to write about Daniel 3:18. When I write, there are two different ways that I begin. First, there are moments when I am walking my dog Max and the Lord leads me to something. Second, there are moments when I am reading my Bible (many times during my […]

Do This Or Else

“As soon as you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipe and all kinds of music, you must fall down and worship the image of gold that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up. Whoever does not fall down and worship will immediately be thrown into a blazing furnace.” – Daniel 3:5-6 [NIV] […]

God Gave

“To these four young men God gave knowledge and understanding of all kinds of literature and learning. And Daniel could understand visions and dreams of all kinds.”  – Daniel 1:17 [NIV] Today’s verse says that God gave Daniel and his friends the knowledge and understanding.  Now in this passage, Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego are […]

But Even If

“But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.” – Daniel 3:18 [NIV] The beginning of this verse sets the tone. It is a phrase that is sometimes hard to chew on for us. […]

God Is Able

“If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand.” – Daniel 3:17 [NIV] Could you imagine being the three young men standing before Nebuchadnezzar and this promise of the furnace? They stood before him and declared […]

The God Of

    One of the stories most taught to children that comes from the Bible is from chapter 6 of the Book of Daniel. We love to hear about how Daniel refused to give up praying to God, and was thrown into the den of a vicious lion, but was saved by God as a result […]