It is amazing to me how easily we can ignore Jesus’ own words and commands. Yet, these same people lift their hands high during “worship” because it “feels” good and they get all warm and bubbly inside, with tears forming on the edges of their eyelids. This makes them feel spiritual, but as I’ve stated before on many occasions, we are not to base truth on how we feel about something. We are to base it on what the Bible says. Too many professing Christians seem unable to do that though. They prefer running after the latest sign.
Let’s also note here that it becomes clear that God gave Daniel this particular ability because God had plans to use Daniel to bring hidden knowledge to us in what would become the twelve chapters of the book of Daniel. Without the ability to receive and discern visions and dreams, we would not have the book of Daniel. We need to comprehend that God gives this type of gift when He sees fit and for His purposes, not for ours.
Discernment is so lacking today among Christians. Too many tend to flit from this latest theological fad (usually connected with Eschatology or prophecy), to that fad, or to that one over there. Instead of studying the Bible for themselves, too many Christians read books about the Bible, attend conferences where other Christians excitedly talk about books they’ve written about the Bible, but those same Christians do not simply study the Bible for themselves.
In essence, what we will eventually learn is that while God offering salvation is most definitely something that brings tremendous glory to God, it is not His highest purpose. It is only part of His highest purpose. The overriding higher purpose of God has been to prove the entire universe and every creature within it that this so-called battle between “good” and “evil,” God vs. Satan is no battle at all. Not only that, but it will be forever written into the annals of future history into future eternity that sin was finally exhausted and still, God won. Sin actually will come to an end when Satan will have done everything he can to bring his own paltry, arrogant-driven promises to fruition.
Daniel believed that it was very important to obey God in all things. In this first chapter of the book of Daniel, we see how quickly Daniel and his friends were faced with a challenge to their faith. They overcame because they believed God. Because they believed God, He found a way to help them over the hump so that they could actually obey and live in a way that pleased Him. This was in spite of the fact that they had been captured and carried off to a foreign land, to be dominated by a foreign king and made to adapt to a foreign culture.
The tragedy today that is infiltrated the (visible) church (or Christendom at large) is due to the occult and the interest that many even in the church are finding with this prohibited area. It boasts of secrecy that opens itself up to those who seek it, a hidden knowledge that, if searched for diligently, will offer rewards for humanity and self. This of course, is seen in Christian terms because the Bible promises that God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him (cf. Proverbs 8:17; Hebrews 11:6). What that is referring to is that He will reward people who seek Him for salvation. That is the entirety of the “secret” knowledge. Satan of course, wants us to believe that God will open the portals to secret wisdom found only in the heavenly realms or other dimensions.
What Daniel may not have realized was that by doing things God’s way, he was actually eating a very healthy diet that would allow his food to be digested more fully. This in turn meant that Daniel would be gaining as much protein and nutrition from the food he ate as possible. He would eat less and be more full. Conversely, those who ate the king’s food would not experience those benefit because that food was probably overcooked, heavy in fats and salts.
It is fascinating though how one of the big aims of Satan has always seemed to be to get the Jews out of Israel and Judaism out of the Jewish people. It doesn’t seem to matter who the dictator or king is at the time either. The goal always seems to be the same. Make the Jewish people forget about their God and Judaism itself.