Among The Exiles

I’ve been reading the story of Daniel. It begins in Babylon, a place of captivity. God does great things in our darkest moments.

The bible tells us that Daniel and his band of brothers are chosen to stand before the king. They’re there because they’re skilful, full of knowledge and understanding.

There’s a time of preparation before they meet Nebuchadnezzar. But they don’t follow convention and choose to take the narrow road and protect character by choosing integrity. Turns out doing things God’s way produces better results, who would’ve thought?

As goes Daniel’s story, he is devoted to seeking the face of God. In trial and in trouble this holds him in good stead. Ready to stand before the king he has the answer for his problems, hearing from heaven he prays this prayer:

“Blessed be the name of God forever and ever,

to whom belong wisdom and might.

He changes times and seasons;

he removes kings and sets up kings;

he gives wisdom to the wise

and knowledge to those who have understanding;

he reveals deep and hidden things;

he knows what is in the darkness,

and the light dwells with him.

To you, O God of my fathers,

I give thanks and praise,

for you have given me wisdom and might,

and have now made known to me what we asked of you,

for you have made known to us the king’s matter.”

What a prayer!

But it’s in Daniel’s book, chapter two verse 25 that I want to focus on.

Daniel is ready to go before the king with the answer to the king’s problem, how fitting it is for God’s people to have the answers the world search for!

To enter the throne room he needs to be escorted. A man named Arioch has this job. Helps role, to usher people into the throne room, pause just for a moment on that.

Selah for just a little longer!

Arioch (which in Hebrew means royal) ushers in Daniel with this statement; “I have found among the exiles…”. Here is my point, God finds amazing things among the forgotten, the rubble, the mess, the broken and then puts them before kings and great men.

Maybe you feel stuck in captivity. Maybe you feel stuck amongst the weeds and the rubbish, in a mess in your brokenness; you’re in a great place — God loves picking people out of that pile, dusting them off and putting them before kings!

Like Daniel I beleive if we consecrated ourselves, believe God for big things, seek the face of God in our trial and our trouble, we will see and do amazing things.

Till next time, keep chasing light.