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The first reading for today is from the Book of Daniel which was written about 536 B.C. Daniel had been taken from Jerusalem as a captive to Babylon in 605 B.C. , where his trust in God was tested every day as he sought to live according to God’s commands in a sinful, idol worshipping culture. The presence of God with him as demonstrated in Daniel’s wise counsel and God’s miraculous intervention in Daniel’s times of need led the King of Babylon to acknowledge that the God whom Daniel worshipped was indeed the Most High God who lives for ever.

Daniel, chapter 4, is King Nebuchadnezzar’s description of how God intervened in his life in order to teach him not to be proud and boastful. Even though he was the most powerful ruler in the world at that time, he was forced to live like an animal in a field for seven years. When his sanity returned so did his position as the head of the kingdom. In thanksgiving and awe before God, he says, All God’s acts are just and true, and God is able to humble those who are proud.

Is there a message in this for our world?

Bible Reading: Daniel 4, especially verses 34-37