They were in captivity! In Babylon!
It is in Babylon where Daniel heard the Lord reveal to him great secrets (2:28), It is in Babylon where King Nebuchadnezzar worshipped Daniel (2:46) and knew of the God of Daniel, and made Daniel into a great man, and made him ruler of the whole province of Babylon (2:26-49).
This morning, Joe and I spent some time reflecting on Daniel Chapter 2; a chapter that every Christian must read and ask the Holy Spirit for the power of discernment, knowledge and understanding. However, some thoughts struck me as we did our Bible Lesson.
Daniel 1:1 Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon comes to Jerusalem and besieges it! That means he surrounds it, he blockades it, the people inside the city are overwhelmed and they feel harassed. Daniel, and his friends were taken captive! They were stripped away from their familiar surroundings, to be placed in the king’s palace, where their lifestyle and life would be tested.
And the Lord gives Jehoiakim, King of Judah into Nebuchadnezzar’s hand! But not just that… Nebuchadnezzar tells Ashpenaz, the master of his eunuchs that he should bring certain of the children of Israel…children in whom there ‘s no blemish, but well favored, and skillful in all wisdom, and cunning in knowledge, and understanding science, and such as had ability in them to stand in the king’s palace, and whom they might teach the learning and the tongue of the Chaldeans (verses 2-4).
Now among these were of the children of Judah, Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah (verse 6).
Friend, WHAT IS YOUR CAPTIVITY?
THERE’S the divinely appointed place of captivity, where the trusting soul by the hand of the Lord, is sent to dwell.
Like John the Baptist in the Isle of Patmos- a place seemingly lonely
Like Daniel in the Lion’s Den- a place seemingly fierce
Like the three Hebrew boys in the fiery furnace- a place seemingly fiery
Like Hannah and her barren womb- a place seemingly quiet.
Yet it is in this captivity, divinely constituted, that the trusting soul of the man or woman is captivated. It is this place of captivity, where the soul is reconstituted in conformity to the Perfect One. This is the place of quiet, where the silent voice of prayer ascends to the throne of heaven. It is a place of contemplation, where the mind and and its thoughts is streamlined heavenward. It is the place of reflection, where past blessings pass through the memories of the blessed one; and a place of hope, where divine expectancy births the heart with the joy of a tomorrow yet unknown.
Child of God, when thou findest thyself in the place of captivity, do not agitate! You cannot afford to! You must meditate– for all power is given unto you- and all time- to reflect upon the Lord’s goodness; to anticipate His blessings and to contemplate the wonders of His amazing grace.
In the place of captivity is the place to be captivated by the beauty of prayer.
Bow the knee! Lift up the hands! In the silence of the soul listen to the still small, voice. You will hear Him echo back His promises to you His beloved.
In this place of captivity is the place to be captured by His divine tunes.
Fine-tune your heart to sing praises to Him. Voice your love for Him and pour out your heart toward Him.
In this place of captivity is the liberty found to walk in obedience to His will.
Here, the soul learns to be still, to wait in hope and patience, and to move when the Rock of Ages repositions you.
In this place of captivity is the place of testimony.
Here the soul learns to say, “Where would I be, had it not been for you, Jesus?” Heaven echoes back to this silent soul, “I am with you to the very end of the age.”
Christian, are you buffeted?
Worried about the future?
Are your feathers ruffled?
You are unable to fly?
Your captivity- as dark as it may seem, is your place to shine and His glories beam.
Your captivity is the place to strengthen the faith muscle; empowered to take hold of His promises.
Your captivity is the place of joy; equipped with His talents and gifts within you, now go forth and these, employ.
Your captivity is the place of blessing, where the divine secrets are revealed.
Be captivated in your captivity,
by the ceaseless wonders of His Majesty,
and let Him use whatever means He deems fit,
to prepare you for eternity- even your captivity.
So, like Daniel, dare to say, “there is a God in heaven, that revealeth secrets.” (Daniel 2:28).
Open your heart for His revelations, even in your captivity.
Let it be said of us, like unto Daniel and his friends,
“There ‘s no blemish in them, they are well favored, and skillful in all wisdom, and cunning in knowledge, and understanding science. And at last, may we too, like Daniel have the ability to stand in the King’s palace, the King of the Universe, when He returns, and that like Daniel, we may be willing to learn, not the tongue of the Chaldeans, but the dialect of heaven, even right now!
In captivity, be captivated. Stand up! Stand up for Jesus!
With the Joy of the Lord,
~ Beryl Nyamwange @2016