An Impossible Predicament

Joseph Holbrook, Jr.

READ : Daniel 1:17-21
Daniel 2:1-11

The young man Daniel and his three companions had come through their first test just fine. They had not eaten any of the king’s “rich food,” but they were “better in appearance and fatter in flesh” than those who did. Now God has a tougher test for them. First they have to take their final exams before the king, who finds them “ten times better than all the magicians and enchanters that were in all his kingdom.”

Our text tells us that until the reign of Cyrus the Persian, 69 years later, Daniel continues to be part of the king’s court, no matter who the king was. What a successful career!

Within a year the four young men found themselves in an impossible situation. If somebody in your life demanded that you tell him what he had dreamed last night, you would consider him crazy. Crazy or not, Nebuchadnezzar had the power to carry out his threat.

How does a Christian handle an impossible predicament? Does God care for us when evil or unreasonable people threaten us with impossible demands? Come back tomorrow to see what the four teenagers did.


Thank you, Lord, for affirming us when we have taken a stand against evil. When we face the “impossible predicament,” give us the wisdom to handle it to your glory. Amen.