Northern Luzon Adventist College
Artacho, Sison, Pangasinan
A Reflection Paper
for the Subject
Daniel and Revelation
by: Jefferson Mendoza
Daniel chapter 1 tells a story of a 4 young wise men named Daniel, Meshach, Shadrach and Abed-nego. They were captivated and brought in into the King’s palace for a grate purpose. However, that purpose is the plan of God for His teachings to be known and thought in the place of Babylon. God had chosen these four young men and gave them knowledge and wisdom. These young men used their knowledge that God had given them and by their works they had established God’s message and teachings to the Kingdom.
Reflection to the Chapter
I asked myself, why did God let His people be captivated by the enemy? Learning from the four young men’s story by my past story is important part for me. What I have learned from the story made me realize what is God’s plan for me.
A few years back, before I reach NLAC, my lifestyle then was truly unrighteous. I can’t be either called a Christian because of such wickedness I have done and did it many times. Now why did I ask the question above? It is because, this was the question I once asked myself, that why God allowed it for me to go that way.
This happened when I left home trying to leave life being independent to my parents. But the result was, I fall into the dungeon of wicked humanity. But when I was withdrawn from this kind of community, a new life came to me. New lifestyle, new activities, and new kind of people around me changed my attitude. And all of this has begun when I studied at NLAC. Learning from the story in Daniel chapter one, my question was answered in relation with my past. God did allow me to live life like that and almost lost into possible destruction. But with those days, I have discovered my skills in music. Now I have learned that, what happened in my past is not just a sad accident in my life but an opportunity for me to acquire those talents and those talents are now being used in a right way, in God’s services. All the knowledge and understandings I have learned will help me grow spiritually.
Chapter 2 of the book of Daniel tells us how Daniel and his three friends became high officials of King Nebuchadnezzar. This happened when the King had a dream that no any single wise men, enchanters, magician or diviner can give explanation to what does it mean except for a young Babylonian named Daniel. This is of course through the divine knowledge of the Holy Spirit whom Daniel and his three friends had leaned on.
Reflection to the Chapter
It is true that genuine knowledge and wisdom comes only from our Almighty God. As I view the scenario through reading the verses, I believe that we can do all things through God who gives us strength. Daniel and his three fiends had proven this to us. One good thing I have seen in Daniel’s personality is being humble. He didn’t claim that he did such thing because he is a genius but he addressed all the knowledge to God who made him a wise men.
Sometimes I do many things believing that I did all those things because I can, without giving credit to God who made all things possible for me. Before, all I know is that through my knowledge and strength alone, I can be victorious but I realized that I was wrong. I have learned that without God, I am nothing. This was a very important lesson I have learned from this chapter. I often asked help from God and when the job is done, I seldom give thanks and I praise myself rather than Him. I thought I am great that I have the ability to do great things. But I realized that there is even more things I can do when I take heed from the true source of knowledge, “God”. How wonderful is it to think that God is just a prayer away when we needed Him. It is my prayer that I may also follow Daniel and his three friend’s Christian way of living and characteristics...
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