Moving on and Moving Up!

daniel3As for these four young men, God gave them knowledge and skill in all literature and wisdom; and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams.  Now at the end of the days, when the king had said that they should be brought in, the chief of the eunuchs brought them in before Nebuchadnezzar.  Then the king interviewed them, and among them all none was found like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah; therefore they served before the king.  And in all matters of wisdom and understanding about which the king examined them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers who were in all his realm. (Dan 1:17-20 NKJ)

These four men gave themselves to God, even putting God to the test by not eating the king’s choice foods, that had probably been sacrificed to idols. They were about to see their faith put to the test. It is now that they begin to realize the limits of logic and start to accept the paradoxes in life. They begin to see life as a mystery and often return to sacred stories and symbols but this time without being stuck in a theological box. They don’t forget all that they learned; they just realize that God is in everything and everywhere. Nebuchadnezzar found them to be ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers in his realm.

You know, God might put you to the test, forcing you to develop a higher standard of faith.  Moving on and moving up.

Published by Terry Threadwell

Dr. Terry Threadwell has thirty five years ministry experience. Author, educator and Director of the Institute of Progressive Pentecostal Studies.

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