As you read Daniel, you will find the following three kinds of people. The point is to show you your options on which kind of person you will be and how you will live your life during your Babylonian exile here on earth.
- A godly few. Daniel and his friends are a godly minority. They repeatedly face opposition, persecution, and attempts at execution because their loyalty is to God and God alone. Daniel is not perfect, but he is godly. The Bible has nothing negative to say about Daniel.
- The ungodly majority. The entire nation of Babylon is filled with ungodly people who have no interest in the real God or any kind of relationship with Him. Their demonic false gods have given them riches, power, and success. For them, live in Babylon is their version of heaven and they have no appetite for the Kingdom of Heaven. Most of the people in our day are sadly similar.
- Those who say they are believers but live like unbelievers and bring God’s judgment. Just like a parent does not run around discipling random children, God only disciplines the children He loves in an effort to bring them back to their senses and His Spirit (Hebrews 12:5-8; 1 Peter 4:17). Today, we’d call these people lukewarm backsliders.
Which kind of person are you? Which kind of person do you want to be?
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