Today’s Reading: Daniel 11:36-12:13

We live in a society that wants us to conform, but we are called by Christ to be different.  Daniel has some great advice for us all on how to rise above the ordinary in this world. – how to live the sacred life in a secular society.

Daniel has a solid self-confidence – showing that he had surrendered even his intellect to the Lord as well. Talking about Daniel and his friends we read ….In every matter of wisdom and understanding about which the king questioned them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and enchanters in his whole kingdom (Daniel 1:20). Daniel used his natural gifts, skills and abilities to be the best he could.

Daniel lived his life for an audience of one – his Lord. He was humble before God. And he recognized that God alone could give him wisdom and insight, and so he submitted his life to him. This meant that Daniel wasn’t easily distracted from his life’s purpose. Under great pressure, Daniel showed that wealth, power and money were no distraction to him. Once king Nebuchadnezzar offered Daniel payment to interpret some writing …… Then Daniel answered the king, “You may keep your gifts for yourself and give your rewards to someone else. Nevertheless, I will read the writing for the king and tell him what it means (Daniel 5:17).

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