Friday, July 24, 2009

Why did God send Daniel to Babylon?

Have you ever wondered why you are where you are? No doubt Daniel did, too. He knew the captivity was God's plan to point the Jews back to himself. But why was he placed into a leadership in the Babylonian administration? As you read the book of Daniel, it's clear to see that God had a plan that would involve Daniel sharing God's message with not just one but many kings and leaders.

Among the reasons God had sovereignly brought Daniel to Babylon was to position the necessary preacher for the conversion of the proud king. Again Paul's inspired theology explains the means God uses to save sinners: "How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how they shall believe in him whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent?" (Romans 10:14-15a). Since God is both the Author and the Finisher of faith (Hebrews 12:2), there is never any chance that some essential component of the means of grace will fail to achieve the end or purpose of grace. God controls and governs time with a view to His eternal purpose, including His purpose to save individuals, whose salvation is always to praise of the glory of His grace (see Ephesians 1:4-12). ...

The point to learn is this: When God has purposed to save a sinner, He does all that is necessary to save that sinner. In one way or another, He always works through conviction and circumstances to bring the sinner to his sense of spiritual need. His purpose never fails; God's plan always comes together.

Michael P. V. Barrett, God's Unfailing Purpose: The Message of Daniel, (Greenville: Ambassador Emerald International, 2003), 144, 146.

When you look at one circumstance at a time, life doesn't make sense. But later when you are able to put together the pieces and see how God's plan unravels, it is amazing how our wise and loving God works all thing together for our good according to his will. And when you consider that his plan included your salvation and the salvation of many others, it makes his love for the world all the more evident.

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