Daniel 1:1-2 (NIV) New International Version
Daniel’s Training in Babylon
1 In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it. 2 And the Lord delivered Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, along with some of the articles from the temple of God. These he carried off to the temple of his god in Babylonia[a] and put in the treasure house of his god.
When you come to one of those hard times. Perhaps your car was stolen, something broke down, or someone you love has died, it jolted your heart. It becomes so much like a ‘body hurricane” from your feet to your mind. Then comes the question, “Why God?” This grief overcomes your being and lets the darkness cause despair.
Remember the following verse for comfort:
Acts 17:28 (NIV) New International Version
28 ‘For in Him we live and move and have our being.’[a] As some of your own
I am sure many men of Judah fell on their knees when they were so defiled. In their prayers, much like this situation, they cried asking God, “Why?” Suffering brings you closer to God. It seems heartless but He is doing it in His Love for you.
When as a child, your parents said “no” to a special event or party you wanted to attend. You were hurt and upset. Those times when they would clean out your closets and give some of your old favorites away. You asked them “Why”?
Many times your parents would say in response, “Because I said so, trust me”. This is their protection mode even while you cried. They wanted you to know they had “your best interest in love” for you. The end of those means would be so much better for you than you were crying about.
So, sure enough after all this, your parents had planned a very special trip to somewhere beautiful to see. One morning, your parents would say, “Let’s go shopping to find you a new wardrobe.” Now, your sorrow has turned to joy! You will give them huge hugs, and say “I love you”.
With these wonderful moments of joy after the storm, there is something you ask. “What was I afraid of: What could they possibly want to do against me? What a special blessing they had planned for me. The next moment you are thinking like a “tic-tac”. Feeling shameful for not trusting them. You ask them to please forgive you. What happens next is the intimate love that seals you together.
Do you get where this is going? God is our Father, He wants you to trust Him with your whole being.
Proverbs 3:5 (NIV) New International Version
5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
What did God plan for the men of Judah? Throughout the Book of Daniel, God is showing His sovereign power. God showed the “what” of His Plan and Purpose. Daniel escaped the lions’ den. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednigo escaped the burning furnace, with not one singe on their bodies. Daniel was able to show perseverance by spending 70 years away from his home. He was able to show the promise of Jesus Christ coming soon to the world, the Messiah. This is God’s “what”. “What” He wants to give you is His unfailing, never-ending Love. He will never let you go, He will always be with you.
Colossians 2:2-3 New International Version (NIV)
2 My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.