I've always been amazed by Daniel and his unwavering commitment to holiness. When he was taken into captivity he was likely still a teenager. He was torn from his home, his country, his culture, everything, and immersed in a totally foreign and completely pagan way of life. But despite the pressure to do whatever his captives told him to do, he drew the line as soon as they asked him to do something that went against God's Word. He would not compromise. What amazing faith and courage!
In Chapter 2 I love how quickly and adamantly Daniel tells the king that what he had asked for was completely impossible with man, and that all glory went to God alone for telling the king both his dream and its meaning. Bold and courageous faith.
In Revelation we see that God is the author of history, and that everything in history - past, present, and future - unfolds exactly how He has planned.
Rayburn put it well: Jesus Christ, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Lamb who was slain, alone has the power and the authority to rule that history and to bring it to its appointed end. Without him there is no meaning, no goal, no purpose; just a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. With him there is a certain fulfillment, a glorious conclusion, a triumph, a moral, just, and right consummation for every human being that has ever lived in the world and for the entire world as a whole.
Jesus alone is worthy of all glory, honour, and worship.
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage passage: Daniel 3-4; Revelation 6