The study of Bible characters is a most profitable exercise as it brings a wealth of practical lessons applicable to everyday living. How pertinent are the words of the apostle Paul when he wrote, “Now these things happened unto them for examples: and are written for our admonition upon whom the ends of the age have come” (1 Cor. 10:11). In the study of biblical characters, we learn how God dealt with them under various conditions, and how they responded. This in turn helps us to understand the mind of God towards us in our circumstances, and the way in which we should conduct ourselves.
One outstanding character in Scripture is Daniel. Much attention has been directed to the prophetic section of the book that bears his name. Yet, the historical records concerning Daniel and his companions provide background that is critical to the understanding of the prophecies in the book, and they also provide rich counsel to help us as we face trials.
Daniel lived a long godly life in unbroken faithfulness to God amidst a godless people. The historical record provides a series of snapshots of Daniel at various stages of his career in Babylon, and highlights lessons that are relevant to us today.
May these meditations be a source of challenge, inspiration and practical guidance, whatever stage of life you may be at, and above all bring glory to God.