Daniel is such a fascinating book. I think if there was one man in the bible that I would want to be best friends with, it would be Daniel. He is such a shining example to us and how to live a life of faith. When you really think about this, it’s actually pretty intriguing and almost doesn’t make sense that a man from the Old Testament could be such a good example for us gentiles in the distant future. I mean the children of God live in drastically different ways between the Old and New Testament. Rather than relying on the law, we now rely on the Holy Spirit. Sometimes the difference seems like a matter of violence, as the Old Testament is full of stories of the people of God at bloody war with those who don’t believe in their God. In the New Testament, we are called to love all and to bring peace to the world.
Daniel lives like a man of the New Testament. He is patient, kind, his spiritual life is not hidden by any means, but is definitely personal. You don’t find Daniel walking the streets condemning sinners and casting judgment. In fact, he hardly brings up his faith unless someone asks directly. But then he shares his faith so sincerely and with such love, he rocks the world.
You can find nearly everything in Daniel. Rock steady faith, love, miracles, doubt, fear, treachery, loyalty, effective witnessing, and mind-bending prophecy. You can spend a long, long time studying the book of Daniel and still learn new things.
I hope from reading this guide, you will learn a few new things from Daniel. I pray that God opens your heart (and your mind considering all the prophecy you are about to read!) and every day, make you more like Daniel.