The book of Daniel is the story of people trying to make sense of God’s faithfulness when the world seemed out of control. People were looking around asking, how can God possibly be in control in times like these? Daniel and his friends are a part of an exiled people seeking faithfulness to Yahweh despite the risks. In fact, Daniel is working as a government official for an idolatrous foreign king. What does it mean to resist an unholy empire when you’re living in the thick of it?
Eugene Peterson offers helpful insight into the structure of this curious little book: “Daniel is composed, in approximately equal parts, of stories and visions…The stories tell of souls living faithfully in obedience to God in a time of adversity. The visions are wide-screen renditions of God’s sovereignty worked out among nations who couldn’t care less about him. Six soul stories; four sovereignty visions.”
This combination of practical stories of faithfulness and mysterious visions of God’s sovereignty inspire us and offer us hope of a Kingdom greater than the kingdoms of the earth. As we await the fulfillment of God’s Kingdom, we live in both exile and expectation. Join us!