Jottings – Life’s Harsh Realities


“The first chapter of Daniel tells us of their early beginnings. Without those early steps of faithfulness to their Lord there would be no record of their later heroism. Scripture does not give us these details of their early years accidentally. It does so in order to teach us that growth in grace and usefulness in God’s service does not begin in the world of our dreams but in the context of life’s harsh, historical realities. So it was for Daniel; so it will be also for the Daniels of today.”

Sinclair B. Ferguson, The Preacher’s Commentary Series, Volume 21 : Daniel, ed. Lloyd J. Ogilvie. Nashville, Tennessee: Thomas Nelson Inc, 1988, p. 24.


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