My dear Friend …
You and I, as true believers in Yeshua, are now living as exiles in our own land during these strange times – and as time goes by, we will feel even more and more estranged as the world becomes increasingly more evil, and, as those of us who seek the His Face with all our hearts, souls, minds and voices draw closer to Him. This must be somewhat a little like Daniel must have felt like – although he was led into a strange land as a captive. I find it intriguing that when he could have returned, he didn’t (realistically, probably due to his advanced age) – but I think there is much, much more in his decision to stay … the Spirit of Elohim had to be moving within him, calling, urging, encouraging him to continue to live out his daily walk with the Lord among these people so that Yahweh could continue to speak and teach through him – a circle of influence few Jews would have had at that time.
Daniel had a choice to make and he relinquished all the other desires and hopes about which he had once dreamed for all those many, many years and chose to stay and continue to be that shining light of God to those with whom he lived and worked!
We read that he never failed to live the life of a devout Jew – a prisoner held in captivity – yet, never failing to pray and fast daily. I am also convinced that Elohim used him in a very strange, but remarkably wonderful way as he shared his God-given gifts in astronomy with the seers and fellow astronomers. You know, when we live and work among people day after day – sooner or later “the real person” will emerge. Daniel was so very devout – can we even begin to imagine how powerful was his daily walk of witness?
Fast-forward to the birth of Messiah. When the “wise men” came from the east – I believe they more than likely came from Ur/Babylon where the study in astronomy was perhaps more advanced than in any other country. Only Elohim could have, by His grand design centuries later, realized His plan for the appearance of this Amazing Star to announce the birth of His Only Son! The scientific gifts Daniel bequeathed to the Babylonians, along with His witness as a devout Jew who loved and honored Elohim was still at work … so much so that they had told the story about the anticipated birth of Messiah over the course of time, passing it down from generation to generation of fellow scientists. When they saw such a grand, glorious, beyond sight in the heavens – they had the faith to make that very long journey to see the wonder of this Baby – the Son of God.
I started wondering about this when I was a teenager, because Daniel was one of my heroes! This is just my commentary – and you know I’m no scholar – but I do believe it just might be possible.
I personally think Daniel remained in Babylon because he believed God wanted him to stay – living the life of a believer, daily – without compromise – in one of the most hedonistic civilizations ever – the center of the pagan world in its day! We have similar opportunities now as our country becomes increasingly unrecognizable.
Like Daniel, we too, have a choice – we can become better or bitter, as I see it. When we intentionally, without any hesitation or reserve – open our lives to whatever, wherever God wants, the unspeakable joy of His blessed assurance will fill our souls – so much so, that even if everything around us collapses into utter ruin – you and I will always have the presence of the Holy Spirit within us and the hope of Messiah’s soon return that makes life worth living – no matter where, no matter how, no matter what, no matter with whom.
Perhaps this is a part of our calling now as His people– although we could never have imagined the America we see now when we were growing up! Light in the darkness. It is a part of our calling. How amazing that the Holy One would entrust such responsibilities to mere humans! “Amazing Grace”, indeed.
“Let me be your servant, under your command. I will no longer be my own. I will give up myself to your will in all things.”
Be satisfied that Christ shall give you your place and work.
“Lord, make me what you will. I put myself fully into your hands:
put me to doing, put me to suffering,
let me be employed for you or laid aside for you;
let me be full; let me be empty;
let me have all things; let me have nothing.
I freely and with a willing heart give it all to your pleasure and disposal.” From The John Wesley Covenant Renewal Service.
So shine on, my sister! Your post on FB is shining into hearts that welcome it and into others that fear it or just don’t understand it! We just shine the light – it is the Ruach HaKodesh – the Holy Spirit – that does the work!
Have a most blessed day in Messiah Jesus! Kay