Practical Christianity - Work & Study

posted 29 May 2012, 05:53 by Peter Booth   [ updated 29 May 2012, 05:58 ]
We looked at the story of Daniel to see how he studied and how he worked. Daniel's story can be found in the Bible in the book called "Daniel". Daniel was in Jerusalem when it was besieged by the Babylonians and he was taken to serve King Nebuchadnezzar in his palace in Babylon. His story starts there.
 
Daniel Chapter 1; Daniel did not want to eat the "Royal food and wine" because it most likely came from animals sacrificed to other gods. Daniel trusted in the true God and asked just to eat vegetables  - to stay pure for God. Daniel put God first. Then as they studied the new language and history of the Babylonians God blessed them with knowledge and understanding - they still had to study though!
Daniel  Chapter 6; we now see Daniel several years later and serving a new King in an important role. Daniel was distinguished in his service to the King, and the other administrators were jealous of him so plotted to get rid of him. The passage records that, "They could find no corruption in him, because he was trustworthy and neither corrupt nor negligent." So they tried to catch him out by causing the king to pass a law that would stop Daniel praying to God, or else face death. In this difficult situation Daniel still puts God first, and does not stop praying. The King was greatly troubled by this but had to throw Daniel into the lions den as punishment. However, God saves Daniel from the lions - and he lives - the King is happy that God saved Daniel and then praises God himself!
 
In summary:

The Bible gives us wisdom in learning and working.

It’s about our attitude as well as our ability.

Being right with God helps us because we are secure in knowing we are loved by Him, free from social pressures.

God helps us see we have gifts to use to serve others.

If we obey God even in difficult circumstances, He is still there walking with us.

 

Daniel sets a high example for us to follow, yet we see in the New Testament that we have all fallen short of God’s standards. But we can be put right with God through Jesus’ sacrifice and then have a relationship with Him, and live a life honouring and respecting Him as He deserves.


by Andy Gray

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