God Is Present in Babylon
“I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit
and born of the virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to hell.
The third day he rose again from the dead.
He ascended to heaven
and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty.
From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic* church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.”—Apostles Creed
God is always in control, despite what our circumstances may be.
Part One: God gave up his people.
Part Two: God gave Daniel favor.
“Daniel may well have thought, ‘There is real danger here; I could be sucked up into this and neutered by it all.’ He recognized that if Babylon gets into you, the show is over. Hence he had to draw the line at some point to preserve some distinctiveness, to keep from being totally squeezed into Babylon’s mold.—Dale Ralph Davis
Part Three: God gave Daniel, Hananiah, Misheal, and Azariah wisdom.
“It is not who you are or where you are that ultimately matters in the kingdom of God. It is what you are. Faithfulness, not reputation or situation, is what counts in God’s kingdom.” — Sinclair Ferguson