Not by merit but by mercy (5) by Rev. Dr. G. Amaowo

TEXT :Dan 2:17-19

“Then Daniel went to his house, and made the decision known to Hananiah, Mishael and Azaria, his companions, that they might seek mercies from the God of heaven concerning this secret so that Daniel and his companions might not perish with the rest of the wise men of Babylon… Then the secret was revealed to Daniel … ”

Daniel and his fellow Hebrew young men were to be killed like other magicians, sorcerers and astrologers for failing to tell the dream of King Nebuchadnezzar which he forgot and also gave the interpretation.Their colleagues saw such a task as something unheard of, yet the king insisted this must be the first ever or else they must die together with their families and their houses burnt down.

The magicians said only the God whose dwelling wasn’t with men could reveal such secrets. So the killing started and Daniel and his brothers were at the verge of being killed. Have you ever faced a situation like this with a death sentence or termination of appointment hanging on your neck? God will surely intervene for you and give you a testimony.

Determined not to die with others, Daniel enlisted the cooperation of his brothers to seek the mercies of God through prayer. Daniel and his companions didn’t trust in their expertise as well trained astrologers but they wanted God to show them mercy, not what they merited as descendants of Abraham. Rightly so, they needed God’s mercy in view of the enormity of the sins of their fathers which made them to become slaves and eunuchs in a foreign land. God answered their prayers and both the dream and the interpretation were revealed to Daniel which the king saw as correct and rewarded them.

Let’s learn from this episode not to trust in our abilities, certificates or experience but in the mercies of God when we are faced with such life or destiny -threatening situations. God will in His mercies turn such situations into amazing

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