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Daniel 2: 14 “Then with counsel and wisdom Daniel answered Arioch, the captain of the king’s guard, who had gone out to kill the wise men of Babylon; 15 he answered and said to Arioch the king’s captain, ‘Why is the decree from the king so urgent?’ Then Arioch made the decision known to Daniel. 16 So Daniel went in and asked the king to give him time, that he might tell the king the interpretation.

 

2:14

Then with counsel and wisdom Daniel answered Arioch, the captain of the king’s guard, who had gone out to kill the wise men of Babylon;

After learning of Nebuchadnezzar’s decree to kill the wise men, with “counsel” and “wisdom” Daniel answered Arioch, the captain of the king’s guard.  Daniel, even at a young age, was a man of “wisdom.”  Wisdom is the ability to appropriate truth to experience.  He was in the crisis of his life, yet he knew how to apply the Word of God to his situation. 

2:15

he answered and said to Arioch the king’s captain, ‘Why is the decree from the king so urgent?’ Then Arioch made the decision known to Daniel.

Daniel’s request centered on the reason for the urgency to kill the wise men. 

2:16

So Daniel went in and asked the king to give him time, that he might tell the king the interpretation.

Daniel requests more time to interpret the dream.  He was able to operate by faith in a crisis because he was a man of the Word. 

PRINCIPLE: 

Application of truth to experience is the foundation for Christian maturity. 

APPLICATION: 

It is impossible to face a crisis without prior maturity.  The immature go into hysteria and frantic mode because they do not have a frame of reference for their problems.  That is why Daniel could “counsel” Arioch.  Maturity always counsels immaturity. 

The only way we can reach a level of maturity is to consistently apply the principles of Scripture to our life situations.  Daniel studied the Bible every day.  He also applied the Word every day.  He could face his crisis perfectly relaxed because he faced it with the principles of God’s Word. 

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