“As 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.” – Daniel 1:17
Daniel and his companions from Judah began training in the in the language and literature of the Chaldean’s. They had to learn about their traditions and pagan religion. And here, it tells us that God gave them knowledge and skill in wisdom and literature. Daniel excelled further in understanding visions and dreams. They excelled far beyond any of the people of the land; the nobles, the magicians, astrologers and sorcerers. The Bible tells us that there were none found like these four men. So, the men reported directly to the king.
They were in captivity and far from home. At this time we are not even told anyone in their family is even around. It could be they were put to death by Nebuchadnezzar when he took the land captive, if they were part of the resistance. We do not know. But here, at this point, they are in a foreign land, stripped of everything, told they had to learn about things that would indoctrinate them and told to eat whatever they were brought, even if it offended them. We can only imagine the loneliness they felt.
How did they get through it all? We are told they were given all knowledge and wisdom, even the ability to see visions and dreams. Did God just “rain” all of this down on them? I suppose He could do that, God can do anything. But, what do we know about Daniel and these men? They were men who knew God’s Word and men of prayer.
Someone once asked, “Why has God established prayer?” The same person answered his own question by saying, “To communicate to His creatures the dignity of causality.” In other words, to communicate to His children that everything has a purpose. Daniel set to prayer to find God’s purpose.
Do you feel “stripped” of all comforts and family in a foreign land? Before asking advice, sit before the Lord in prayer, He will lift you up.
“Humble thyself in the sight of the Lord and He will lift you up.” – (James 4:10)